AYAT holds symposium on nursing education, collaboration – The Daily Star


AYAT Education on Sunday organised the “Symposium on Nursing Education and Collaboration” at the Westin Dhaka.
This symposium, supported by the Dhaka Bank Limited, was organised in partnership with the Center for Global Health of Massachusetts General Hospital and Simmons University, USA.
A great shortage of skilled nurses threatens Bangladesh’s healthcare system. According to the latest health bulletin (2019) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, the country only has 3.06 nurses for every 10,000 population.
Providing quality nursing education also remains an unresolved issue due to a lack of specialised nursing education, shortage of qualified teaching staff, and unavailability of digital education and cutting-edge technologies.
Additionally, there is a critical need for palliative care in Bangladesh, but the country does not have adequate facilities and manpower to cater to this demand. The government alone cannot fulfill the gaps. Therefore, private enterprises need to come forward and work in tandem with the government to take forward palliative care and quality nursing education in Bangladesh. 
Against this backdrop, AYAT Education began the “Dignifying Life” project in 2018 with a national call to dignify nursing profession and address the rising need for quality nurses and palliative care services in Bangladesh.
As a part of the Dignifying Life programme, the symposium discussed and explored the opportunities for collaboration in providing quality nursing education, especially with the help of technologies like simulation lab. 
Dr Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to the prime minister, was the chief guest at the event.
A team of researchers and educators from Massachusetts General Hospital and Simmons University, led by Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard University and Director of Bangladesh Program at MGH Global Health, Dr Bimalangshu Dey, participated in the programme.
Among others, Helen LaFave, deputy chief of mission, US Embassy, Dhaka, and Dr Rubana Huq, vice-chancellor, Asian University for Women, Yasir Zaman, CEO, Grameen Phone Ltd, Dr Anne-Marie Barron, professor emerita, Simmons University, Abdul Hai Sarker, chairman, Dhaka Bank Ltd, and Nusrat Aman, CEO, AYAT Education, were present.
প্রধান নির্বাচন কমিশনার কাজী হাবিবুল আউয়াল বলেছেন, নির্বাচনী আচরণবিধি লঙ্ঘনের অভিযোগে কাউকে অনুরোধ করার পর জোর করার ক্ষমতা নির্বাচন কমিশনের নেই।

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