Capacity Building of Blue Star Providers continues

The current pandemic sweeping throughout the country has done little to dampen the spirits of SMC’s training team in their regular activities. The team has conducted 19 refresher training sessions following the WHO and IEDCR guidelines for COVID-19 in Kushtia, Chuadanga, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Sirajganj and Chandpur districts where 224 Blue Star providers (BSPs) were successfully trained during April - July 2020. Our training team imparted training on personal hygiene and physical distancing in addition to the regular training package. Their relentless efforts were driven by an aim to meet our social commitment through improving the knowledge and capacity of the BSPs for rendering quality services in the public health priority areas during the pandemic., The trainers also promoted SMC’s newly launched ‘Vermicid’ (anthelmintics) and explained its efficacy to treat soil transmitted helminth infections. They also enlightened the providers with SMC’s mission of launching the anthelmintic which can serve all the members of a family including the children above the age of two years. The training sessions also highlighted the COVID-19 essentials to enhance the awareness level of the providers and the community. The innumerable challenges faced by the BSPs while rendering services in the pandemic were also discussed along with possible models of solution.