State Minister for Finance launches Suchana in Sylhet
“Suchana: Ending the Cycle of Undernutrition in Bangladesh” was officially launched on 21 April 2016 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Suchana is a 7-year multi-sector nutrition program, funded by UKaid from the UK Government and the European Union. Suchana aims to achieve significant reduction in chronic undernutrition, among children under 2 years of age, in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts of Bangladesh. M A Mannan MP, honorable State Minister for Finance, Government of Bangladesh attended as Chief Guest in the launching ceremony. Graham Gass, First Secretary, DFID, British High Commission and Gonzalo Serrano, First Secretary, European Union Delegation to Bangladesh were also present as Special Guests.
The launching program was opened by Jay Shankar Lal, Chief of Party/Team Leader who stressed on the unique partnership of Suchana coalition. Suchana brings together eight partners - CNRS, FIVDB, HKI, icddr-b, iDE, RDRS, Save the Children, and WorldFish - each of whom have experience and expertise working in the fields of nutrition, health governance, livelihoods and food security in Bangladesh. In addition, the program will also work with a range of strategic partners including eight line ministries - Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and the Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Food, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Rural Development and Cooperatives.
Suchana will also work with national and international platforms along with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition, UN REACH, National Nutrition Working Group and the National Child Task Force.
M A Mannan said Bangladesh, especially Sylhet as a division, has advanced because of its manpower, not because of its natural resources or technological achievements. However, stunting was an issue which needs to be mitigated because of its multi-fold adverse effects on the people, and especially the children, of Bangladesh. With support from the NGO’s, EU and DFID, the Government of Bangladesh would tackle the stunting and ensure that no child was left behind.
The ceremony was brought to a close by a vote of thanks from the Country Director of Save the Children, William F. Lynch. He expressed gratitude to all the hard work that had been put in by all partners, especially the architects and designers of the program as well as the people who would continue help implement till 2022. The ceremony was then followed by photo sessions and interactions between the guests, Suchana staff and other participants, alongside lunch.