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149.Bangladesh Betar (Radio) broadcasts regular programmes for children and women. Messages in the forms of jingles, songs, short-dramas and discussions are disseminated during special events such as the World TB Day, National Nutrition Week, Safe Motherhood Day, Breastfeeding Week, Meena Day and CRC Week. It also carries public service spots on health, hygiene, education, social advancement related messages.

150.The DMC continues to work in the field. It has been using community-based mobilisation activities like court-yard meetings, films and cultural shows on birth registration, arsenic mitigation and EPI.

151.PIB continues to train print media journalists and gear up feature service to promote rightsbased reporting on children and women issues.

152.DFP produced two short films on birth registration and arsenic contamination of water, to help raise awareness on these two important development issues.

153.PID took lead in organising press briefings during a regional conference on sanitation to facilitate media’s active involvement. It published a book with compilation of joint PID-UNCEF features in national dailies. PID also gave cartoons a new dimension by incorporating important messages on child marriage. NIMCO continued its training activities on various child rights issues for electronic media personnel.

154.The issue of HIV&AIDS received wider media attention in recent years. Two roundtables on HIV&AIDS prevention were arranged with two leading daily newspapers. The roundtables culminated in the publication of one full-page spread each by both papers on World AIDS Day featuring salient points of the discussion. Another roundtable with a leading daily newspaper was conducted on indoor air pollution.

155.Bangladesh launched a big campaign relating to South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) in 2004. Media support included workshops, briefing and follow-up resulting in overwhelming media coverage on this regional event that brought together nine South Asian countries.

156.The workshop on Early Childhood Development (ECD) brought young journalists from various media to workout innovative and creative strategies for promotion of ECD. Another workshop on Meena Initiative brought useful suggestions from experts on the field for promotion of new and emerging messages on child development issues.

157.The State of the World’s Children Report 2006 was launched nationwide. The launch was done in a festive manner participated by 150 children. Children representing the theme of the report, the invisible and the excluded shared their real life experience at the event.

158.There are currently 68 Government public libraries in Bangladesh and hundreds of nongovernment public libraries. The Government libraries are located in all districts and divisional head quarters. The National Public Library and Chittagong Divisional Public Library have separate children’s sections; other Government Public Libraries have a children’s corner

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