26 April 2009, Dhaka. World malaria day was celebrated nationwide on April 25, 2009 for the second time. This year the main key message of malaria day was “Counting malaria out.” Nationwide different programs were organized in 13 malaria prone districts for celebrating the day.
Centrally the main program was held at Rangamati. The Chairman of Regional Council of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Shree Jyotrindro Bodhiprio Larma, was the chief guest. The program was chaired by Mr. Jogotjyoti Chakma, the Chairman, of Rangamati Hill Tract District Council along with the presence of Mr. Sheikh Altaf Ali, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as a special guest. High officials of other government and non- government organizations (BRAC, WHO, etc) were also present there. The day started with a rally from Rangamati General Hospital to the Tribal Cultural Institute. Later a day long discussion session, drama and folk songs on public awareness were held at the Tribal Cultural Institute. Lastly there were health camps and field visits on malaria control program activities. Besides, a press briefing was held on April 24, at 10 am, at the conference room of Rangamati Hill Tract District Council.
In addition, malaria day was also celebrated at Khagrachari, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Moulovibazar and Sunamganj districts. The main initiatives of celebrating malaria day were taken by the NGOs concerned with Malaria Control Program in sadar upazilas of these districts, under the supervision of Civil Surgeons of respective districts. The day started with the rally which ended up with day long seminar, drama and folk songs on public awareness – same as the central level. Likewise, NGOs working at malaria prone areas also celebrated the day in respective upazilas under the supervision of Upazila Health and Family Planning Officers.