24 March 2014, Dhaka. In recognition of mass media’s valuable contribution to raising awareness about tuberculosis and its treatment, BRAC held the Media Award on Tuberculosis 2014 on Monday, 24 March, which is also International Tuberculosis Day. Twenty-four journalists from national and local newspapers and three media houses received this award for their outstanding efforts in covering the issue at the event held at BRAC Centre, Dhaka.]
Joint editor of the Daily Samakal Rashid-un-nabi Babu, deputy editor of Financial Express Shamsul Haque Zahid and Shykh Siraj from Channel I received the awards on behalf of their media houses. The jury board selected the awardees based on the reporting on TB and its treatment in 2013. Associate Director of BRAC health, nutrition and population programme Dr Md Akramul Islam announced the names of the awardees at the event. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Prof Dr Deen Muhammad Nurul Haque was present as chief guest. Line director of the National TB Control Programme, Dr Mohammad Ashaque Husain and Senior Vice President of the National Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB), Mr Mozaffar Hossain Poltu and Former Bureau Chief of Associated Press Bangladesh, Farid Hossain were present as special guests. BRAC’s vice chairperson Dr A Mushtaque R Chowdhury chaired the event.
In her welcome speech, Dr Kaosar Afsana mentioned that, “BRAC initiated this award in 2008 to recognise the outstanding effort that is put together by our national and local level journalists.” Praising BRAC’s effort, jury member Farid Hossain said, “This reward has played an instrumental role in improving TB reporting in Bangladesh.” Chief guest Dr Deen Muhammad Nurul Haque in his speech praised the role of journalists and also acknowledged BRAC’s effort. Special guest Mozaffar Hossain Poltu mentioned that, “There are more than 800 DOTS centres in the country and a joint effort of 44 organisations.” He also said, “This partnership can work as a model for other countries.”
While expressing his feelings after receiving an award, Shykh Siraj said, “Every TV channel should allot a specific time for this type of news.”
Thanking everyone, BRAC’s vice chairperson closed the ceremony.