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Health monitoring for Dhaka slum dwellers

The government of Bangladesh has announced a plan to monitor the health of more than 30,000 households in poor areas of Dhaka to guide public policy. (UN Photo/David Ohana)

Slum dwellers in Dhaka and its Gazipur district are poised for a collective medical checkup. UNB reports that the Bangladeshi government has announced a plan to monitor the health of residents in more than 30,000 households. “The information will be used to inform policies, resource allocation and service delivery,” the Bangladesh news site says.

Data is to be gathered on a wide range of issues, from fertility to health expenditures to family planning. The program also will examine social trends such as migration and marriage and divorce rates. The “urban health surveillance system” will be headed by Dr. Abdur Razzaque, a scientist affiliated with icddr,b, an international health research organization in Bangladesh, the article says.


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