AUICK Monitoring Activities
Visits to AUICK Associate Cities:
Danang (Vietnam) and Chittagong (Bangladesh)
CONTENTS1. Visit to Danang People's Committee, Vietnam
2. Visit to Chittagong City Corporation, Bangladesh
3. Visit to UNFPA Bangladesh, Dhaka
4. Visit to UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
From 26-28 September 2010, Dr. Hirofumi Ando, President of AUICK, visited the Danang People's Committee, to review the progress of AUICK supported developments in the city and discuss future projects. AUICK has trained senior officials from Danang departments of education, health care, environment and urban planning at fourteen Workshops in Kobe since 2004.
Dr. Ando met with Dr. Phung Tan Viet, Vice Chairman of the Danang People's Committee, who explained that the data generated Information by the AUICK supported Management Information System (MIS) with Danang University had been effectively utilized by Danang authorities and enterprises, especially in annual socio- economic development planning. He also met Mr. Luong Minh Sam, Director of the Danang Foreign Affairs Department, and Ms. Nguyen Thuy Anh, Head of the International Cooperation
From 28-30 September, Dr. Hirofumi Ando, President of AUICK, visited the offices of Chittagong City Corporation. He met with the Mayor, Mr. Manjur Alam, as well as Mr. Mominur Rashid Amin, Private Secretary to the Mayor, Dr. Nasim Bhuiya, Project Manager PA-3, Second Urban Primary Health Care Project, and Dr. Salim Akhter Chowdhury, Chief Health Officer, to discuss collaborative projects with Chittagong. Prof. Dr. Anupam Sen, Vice- Chancellor, and Mr. Taufique Sayeed, IT Institute Project Director, Premier University, gave an account of the current progress of the Management Information System (MIS) set up in Chittagong, as an AUICK Workshop Action Plan to provide population related data to assist with policy formulation. Dr. Mohammad Ali, Medical Officer, Health Department, Chittagong City Corporation, and Dr. Subash Roy, Principal, Laboratory Medicine, Institute of Health
AUICK Liaison Officer, Mr. A.K.M. Rezaul Karim, City Planner and Head, Department of Architecture and City Planning, provided information on Action Plan implementation of former AUICK Workshop participants, and Dr. Ando also visited a hospital and local health clinic in Chittagong, where he learned about ongoing MCH programs.
On 1 October, Dr. Ando met with Dr. Noor Mohammad, Assistant Representative, Mr. S.M. Jakaria, Programme Officer (RH) , and Ms . Yuki Suehiro, Deputy Representative, UNFPA Bangladesh, who explained the activities conducted with the city of Chittagong, including support to the AUICK MCH/FP Research Project.
On 4 October, a meeting at the Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO) of UNFPA was held with Ms. Nobuko Horibe, Regional Director, Mr. Najib Assifi, Deputy Regional Director and UNFPA Representative in Thailand, and Ms. Eriko Hibi, Regional Program Coordinator, UNFPA APRO, to discuss AUICK's ongoing work with UNFPA.