An Inception Meeting and Orientation Program for eMIS Scale-up in 9 districts of Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions was held at RDRS Conference Room, Rangpur on 11 December 2018. This followed the Launching Program for Scale-up eMIS Tools that was held in Cox’s Bazar on 7 November, 2018. The tools are going to be introduced in Rajshahi district of Rajshahi division and all 8 districts of Rangpur division, which are: Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh.
The inception meeting consisted of presentation on eMIS and speeches, and the orientation meeting of demonstration of eMIS tools. The inception meeting was organized to sensitize the district and upazila managers about their roles in rolling out of eMIS tools in the areas under their jurisdiction. The district and upazila level managers play a key role in implementation and its success depends on their leadership and supervision. The inception meeting, held at local level, allows the implementing partners of eMIS to brief the field officials about the activities relating to field level implementation.
In the meeting, Mr. Kazi Mustafa Sarwar, Director General, DGFP was present as the Chief Guest. Mr. Shafiqul Islam, Director, Family Planning, Rangpur and Rajshahi Division chaired the session. Mr. Md. Nazmus Sadat Salim, Director, MIS, DGFP was present as a Special Guest. Ajoy Ratan Barua, Deputy Director, MIS, DGFP was also present. Mr. Shihab Uddin, UFPO, Kawnia, Rangpur facilitated the program.
The meeting was attended by 9 Deputy Directors (DDFP) representing districts under scale-up. Other district based officers, such as 5 Assistant Directors, Family Planning (ADFP) and 3 Assistant Directors, Clinical Contraception (ADCC) were also present. There were 17 UFPOs and 1 AUFPO representing upazilas and 13 MOMCHs who are responsible for upazila level clinical services. Mr. Balram Bhui, Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Save the Children attended. Besides, implementing team from icddr,b also participated.
The meeting started with a welcome speech from Dr. Shaikh Md. Saidul Islam, DDFP, Rangpur. In his welcome remarks, he expressed his whole-hearted support for eMIS activities and thanked the DG, DGFP for selecting Rangpur as the venue for rolling out activities.
Following the welcome speech, the participants introduced themselves.
Presentation and Video
The participants were then introduced to the eMIS tools by Mr. Suman Kanti Chowdhury, Senior Research Investigator, icddr,b through a PowerPoint presentation and a video on eMIS tools. The field level staff attested the effectiveness of eMIS tools in the video, which received spontaneous applause from the audience. Mr. Chowdhury explained that both community and facility systems would be expanded to 2 upazilas each in 9 districts or 18 upazilas. Moreover, the facility systems would be introduced in all union heath and family planning centers (UHFWC) of the remaining upazilas of the districts. That would contribute to achieving the results framework target of DGFP under the current 4th Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Program (4th HPNSP).