KOICA, being one of the pioneer organizations to drive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in to the mainstream initiated its support to the Government of Bangladesh since 2012, according to a press release.
Historically, autism has been treated with social ignorance in the country but at present it is one of the most prioritized concerns of the Government of Bangladesh.
In recent times, autism and other neurodevelopment disorders are no longer negligence as the government itself is taking the lead to create awareness all over the country.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, Ministry of Health of Bhutan and WHO Regional Office of South-East Asia is organizing an International Conference on ‘Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders 2017’ from 18-21 April in Bhutan.
The main event of the conference was chaired by Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Among other international dignitaries and both high level government and non government officials, Dasho Tshering Tobgay, Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Ahn Seong-doo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh and Joe Hyun-Gue, Country Director, KOICA Bangladesh Office will kindly grace the event with their valuable presence.
Speaking in the occasion, Ahn Seong-doo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bangladesh emphasized on how the Korean government through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has been supporting Bangladesh in the field of ASD by offering knowledge sharing fellowship program titled “Multi-year Competency Enhancement of Diagnosis and Treatment of ASD for Child in Bangladesh” in Korea.
He further mentioned that “the total number of direct beneficiaries is approximately 65 where per direct beneficiary benefits about 1,560 indirect beneficiaries every year”.
The fellowship program has been extended until 2018 based on the demand of Bangladesh and KOICA’s interest to support in the sector of autism after which the total number of the direct beneficiaries will reach around 100.
The conference will provide a platform to the policy-makers to engage with all stakeholders, share and learn the best practices for national-level development and deployment of programs and promote cooperation and partnerships for development of effective and sustainable programs.
A detailed technical presentations focusing on the current clinical practice of autism spectrum disorder in South Korea and Korea’s international project on ASD will also be delivered by renowned experts on ASD from Korea during a professional workshop.
The four-day long conference will be concluded by Saima Wazed Hossain, Chairperson, National Advisory Committee on Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders Bangladesh.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder of brain development that includes difficulties in social interaction.Children born with ASD require special attention and support for their upbringing and physical development. For a developing country like Bangladesh, it is often challenging due to additional expense and lack of special facilities.