A day-long knowledge sharing seminar titled ‘Enhancement of Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities for Children in Bangladesh’ was held at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday.
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in cooperation with the Institute of Pediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA) organised the seminar.
Young-Ah Doh, Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh Office, Prof Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor of BSMMU, Prof Shaheen Akhter, Dean of Faculty of Pediatrics & Director, IPNA and Muzharul Mannan, Joint Secretary of KOICA Bangladesh Alumni Association, among others, were present at the event.
KOICA has supported a11-day long online fellowship programme titled ‘Enhancement of Diagnosis and Treatment of NDDs for Children in Bangladesh’ for the 2nd year in a row, comprising a total of 20 officials from IPNA.
The intensive training was conducted by INJE University in South Korea with the aim to provide reference to Korea’s experience for NDDs sector in Bangladesh and improve integrated diagnostic capacity building of the institution.
A detailed presentation on the lessons learnt and best action plan were delivered by the officials of IPNA.
It focused on topics such as, improving the ability to diagnose and treat neuro-development disorders, counseling and psychotherapy for children with neuro-development disorders and their families, therapeutic communication for psychotherapists, occupational therapy practice framework, sensory interaction, education and counseling practice, etc.
KOICA focuses on developing an action plan to serve as an example which can later be developed as a pilot project for its implementation.
As there is no sensory dysfunction on NDDs till now in Bangladesh, this year’s action plan was to establish sensory integration therapy services at IPNA, BSMMU followed by tertiary level hospitals to ensure maximum benefit for children with NDDs.
Speaking on the occasion, the BSMMU VC expressed his gratitude for KOICA’s close partnership with IPNA from 2012 to capacitate IPNA as an institution. Additionally, he thanked the Government of Korea for its support in building Bangladesh’s first ever super specialised hospital which will expand BSMMU’s scope of health services.
KOICA’s Country Director congratulated all the participants for enthusiastically completing the needed training, hoping it strengthens the base for treating children with NDDs. She further committed to continue supporting IPNA to enhance autism related treatment facilities in Bangladesh and deepen the ever-lasting Korea-Bangladesh friendship.