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Social Welfare and Development Organization

An organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN, ECOSOC) since 2010

Orientation on Child Rights and Protection in Vaccination Program:

A Four day vaccinators and volunteers orientation training on ‘Orientation on Child Rights
and Protection in Vaccination Program’ has been jointly organized by Upazila Health and
Family Planning Office (Ukhia and Teknaf) and SKUS with the support of AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) & KNH (Kinder Not hilfe) at Ukhiya and Teknaf unions. On 12 th and 13 th February with 88 participants, a two days orientation raining was conducted at Teknaf Health complex. At Ukhiya, on 17 th and 18 th February, a second round two days orientation training held at Ukhiya Model
primary School with 260 vaccinators and volunteers.
With 348 volunteers and vaccinators, the orientation was organized to discuss about child
rights and protection issues with specific focus on Rohingya children along with discussion
on child rights of Health; importance of vaccination for ensuring health rights of children;
role of vaccinator for protecting health rights of children as well as a particular discussion on the
behavior and communication skills of volunteers and vaccinators in field including –

At the first day of orientation training at Ukhiya, an inauguration ceremony has been
organized before starting the training. At the inauguration, the program was chaired by
Mizbah Uddin Ahmed, UHFPO, Ukhiya, where the Chief gust was Md. Nikaruzama Robin,
Upazila Nirvahi officer (UNO) of Ukhiya. Among the special guests, Chairperson of SKUS

  • how they should deal with
    the children
  • how to respect the
    beneficiaries and
  • how they will respect
    children’s dignity.

Jesmin Prema; Coordinator International Humanitarian Assistance of AMURT, Karl
Andersson; South Asian Coordinator of AMURT, Mukteswar Biswal; President of Press
Club Ukhiya, Rafiqual Islam; Cox’s bazar representative from Independent television,
Tawfikul Islam were present at the inauguration program.

At the first day of orientation training at Ukhiya, an inauguration ceremony has been
organized before starting the training. At the inauguration, the program was chaired by
Mizbah Uddin Ahmed, UHFPO, Ukhiya, where the Chief gust was Md. Nikaruzama Robin,
Upazila Nirvahi officer (UNO) of Ukhiya. Among the special guests, Chairperson of SKUS
Jesmin Prema; Coordinator International Humanitarian Assistance of AMURT, Karl
Andersson; South Asian Coordinator of AMURT, Mukteswar Biswal; President of Press
Club Ukhiya, Rafiqual Islam; Cox’s bazar representative from Independent television,
Tawfikul Islam were present at the inauguration program.

 

Penal discussion on child rights and protection at Inauguration ceremony

 

The training was inaugurated by the welcoming speech of chairperson of SKUS, Jesmin
Prema. With the greetings of spring she welcome all the guests and participants to the
orientation training on child protection in vaccination program. She stated some important
concerns regarding child rights in our context. She believes and encouraged everyone to
respect age old saying that –‘Charity begins at home’. At modern times, we don’t even give
quality times to our children and don’t bother to listen to their quarries, which eventually
increasing insecurity among them. Most often leading them to be addicted to drugs, bad
companies and dropping out of school, she said. The chairperson further highlighted the fact
that, today’s children, tomorrow’s future. If we neglect our present, how can we build our
resilience future! She highly encourage everyone out there as development workers, as
teachers, media actors, Government bodies to come up together to protect the rights of our
children including the most vulnerable Rohingya children who are at high risk over period of
time and ensured the fact that, there is no such reasons to neglect the vulnerable situation of
children from host communities as well.
Penal discussion on child rights and protection at Inauguration ceremony:

After the welcoming speech, shorty the objectives of this training were briefed by the Senior
Protection Officer of SKUS, Sharifa Sultana including-

Among the welcoming
speeches, the Chair of this
orientation program
UHFPO, Mizbah Uddin
Ahmed thanked SKUS for
organizing this orientation
training for vaccinators
which seemed very crucial at this point of third round vaccination campaign. Firstly, he
shared some numeric success stories after the completion of 2 nd round and at the edge of 3 rd
round. He took a point from the brief discussion where a report from WHO revealed that,
from 8 th November to 11 th January – nearly 3,954 suspected cases of diphtheria identified and
among the suspected cases, there were nearly 38 death cases, among those 21 cases were
child deaths. If spreading of
diphtheria would not have been
controlled with streaked hand, the
number of death wouldn’t not
have been lesser than 395.4, since
it’s been declared by WHO that
among every 10 infected person
number of death is 1. He believes,
it won’t be possible without the
tremendous help of these
vaccinators, volunteers and NGOs
as a whole. He also shared that, in
the old registered rohingya camps the vaccination coverage is still 80% and at this moment
for the fact that we can celebrate is the success of coverage in the new unregistered camps are
more than the old ones. Since, our first role is to save the life and after the end of second
round it’s time we need to look at our quality of work by being empathic and acting

  • General understanding of child rights and child
    protection
  • Discussion on child rights of Health
  • Importance of vaccination for ensuring health rights
    of children
  • Role of vaccinator for protecting health rights of
    children
  • Open discussion

humanitarian ways, he added. Lastly, the UHPFO raised an important issue for development
workers to take into consideration that, over time we worked for quantity to control this
diphtheria influx and now it’s time we need to work to increase the demands of vaccination
among the communities, families through awareness raising campaigns, door to door visit
and other possible ways. And only then, we can ensure the actual quality of work to
safeguard child health rights through vaccination, said Mizbah Uddin.

 

Special guest, Mukteswar Biswal, South Asian Coordinator of AMURT gave his valuable
speech at this inauguration program on orientation training. He supported the role of SKUS
and what the chairperson shared about our treatment to our children. He went on saying that, being in each particular culture we have to ensure the dignity of our children and encourage their active participation accordingly. So far in ensuring health rights of Rohingya children, government, NGOs as well as volunteers/vaccinators are working very hard and this kind of training will enhance their expertise in performing their role. Also, on behalf of KNH & AMURT, he added that, they are much willing to work
on the issues of child protection of host communities’ children and overall 20% budget has
been allocated for this purpose.

On the similar note, Harun-Ur- Rasid Head teacher of Ukhiya Model Primary School, had a
request to government and all the development actors to consider the situation of host
communities children who are highly been affected after the Rohingya influx in Ukhiya
Union. In most of the schools classes are not held regularly as before. He pointed specifically
to the education facilities and risk of raising the rate of school dropout. Also he believes that,
if the situation won’t be controlled immediately, there will be immense rate of drugs,
smuggling, gambling, and trafficking among the children of both host and Rohingya

communities. At the end of his talk, he encouraged all the participants to ensure protection of
child rights during their work with children.

At the end of the penal discussion, Tawfikul Islam, Journalist of Independent television,
Cox’s Bazar representative, shared his experiences of working with Rohingya specially the
children. He shared a very interesting information about Rohingya influx in Bangladesh at the
time of their first arrival at 90’s. He shared that, at that period when the Rohingya’s first
arrived in our country, incidents of road accident deaths were higher in numbers. Since, most
of them had no idea about vehicles they run into the road out of curiosity and the first work of
NGO’s started with the objectives to teach them about use of vehicles with specific concern
of life safety. So, again we are at the edge of this humanitarian crisis and we’ve to work
together to overcome this situation. Since, children are the most vulnerable entities who
needs special care and affection, we as humanitarian actors never act against their interest
rather working together to achieve those.
Adding to these concerns, Rafiqul Islam, President of Press-Club Ukhiya further welcome the
contribution of SKUS in protecting the rights of children and also their active relation with
media which divulges the transparency of SKUS’s work. His concern was also to include the
children from host communities into our work and work together to overcome this world’s
one of the worsts humanitarian crisis.

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