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BHB added more fuel to the AMR awareness campaign

In recent months, BHB enhanced its efforts to raise awareness of AMR among the population by sharing informative videos through social media channels. Two episodes of a recent series were broadcast on social media channels (e.g., Facebook page, YouTube, and websites). In these two episodes, Professor Dr. Sanya Tahmina, former Additional Directorate General of the […]

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Dispenser survey shows favorable opinions of the Government’s initiative to red-label antibiotic packaging

Private medicine shops are one of the largest providers of medicines to consumers in Bangladesh, and prescription-only medicines are often sold without prescriptions. In November-December 2021, DGDA collaborated with the World Health Organization Bangladesh and Fleming Fund to conduct a baseline survey on the level of awareness about antimicrobials, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and their impacts

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BHB completed the third round of medicine dispenser training on GPP and achieved the target

From 2019 to 2024, BHB exceeded its target of training 14,000 medicine dispensers, with a total of 14,129 medicine dispensers as of April 2024. BHB organized an experience-sharing workshop on 28 April 2024 for the training coordinator and associates. The event explored many valuable insights and experiences to better understand the training program’s impacts. The

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BHB’s eLearning platform course completion surges

The BHB eLearning platform course completion rate surged in the first four months of 2024. Developed in-house and launched in November 2021, and by 30 April 2024, 2,363 participants completed 24,729 courses (10.5 courses per participant on average); of which 1,737 participants competed 21,927 (89% of courses; 12.6 courses per participant) from January to April

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DGDA National Accreditation Guideline for Model Medicine Shop/Model Pharmacy Finalized

On 07 May 2024, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGDA) in a national workshop held on its premises with DGDA officials from across the country, finalized the Accreditation Guideline for the Model Medicine Shops (MMSs)/Model Pharmacies (MPs). Major General Mohammad Yousuf, the Director General of Drug Administration chaired the workshop. The MMSs/MPs are medicine

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BHB launches an online survey on the Government’s initiative to red-label antibiotics before marketing

The DGDA began enforcing a directive for pharmaceutical manufacturers to use red-labelled cautionary messages about AMR on the strips and packages of antibiotics before marketing. A few months later 29 February 2024, as part of BHB’s Facebook campaign on AR, it launched a short online survey to gather feedback from medicine dispensers on this new

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Update on Pharmacy Management Software

As published previously, BHB launched the upgraded version of the Pharmacy Management Software (PMS) in November 2023. It has three versions, viz., desktop, web, and Android app. Special features of the upgraded version include: Dosage form added to the product selection for purchases and sales Users can delete unapproved purchase and sale orders Point-of-sale printing

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BHB’s eLearning platform gains popularity among medicine dispensers

BHB’s eLearning platform was developed in-house and launched in December 2021 as an online platform for medicine dispensers’ continued professional education. Since then, 14,159 dispensers have participated, with an impressive enrolment of 11,184 in only the first two months of 2024. The course completion rate is also astonishing with 75.0% in 2023, 90.7% in 2024,

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BHB to complete third round of medicine dispensers’ training in April 2024

After providing GPP training to 11,577 medicine dispensers (5,371 in the first round, 2019-20 and 6,206 in the second round, 2021-22), BHB started its third round of online training via Zoom targeting 2,500 Grade C Pharmacy Technicians, which was formally inaugurated by the Director General of Drug Administration, Major General Dr Mohammad Yusuf, on 18

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DGDA to release national guideline to accredit model pharmacies and model medicine shops in Bangladesh

BHB, with support from the British Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), is assisting the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) in developing a national guideline to sustain the program to accredit model pharmacies and model medicine shops without external assistance. A committee headed by Md. Eyahya, Director of DGDA, finalized the draft on

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eLearning platform of BHB attracts the highest number of participants in 2023

BHB is operating the eLearning platform to promote continued professional learning for the pharmacy professionals. Following is given a list of the courses available in the eLearning platform: Courses in English language Automated Drug Licensing and Renewal System (ADLRS) Baseline data collection training of enumerators on medicine outlets Good Dispensing Practices Grade C Training Event

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BHB launches the upgraded version of PMS

Several years ago, BHB developed the PMS (Pharmacy Management Software) to improve the operations of retail medicine outlets in Bangladesh. Available free of charge, the software enables the medicine shop owners and dispensers to maintain full inventory and produce useful business reports and statistics including tracking antibiotics sales and expired medicines. Recently, BHB made a

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BHB celebrates World AMR Awareness Week 2023

The World AMR Awareness Week is a global campaign to promote understanding of AMR and the critical need to control the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections worldwide. The week is celebrated globally each year from 18 to 24 November. The theme this year was, “Preventing antimicrobial resistance together”. BHB organized a discussion event on

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DGDA switches fully to online system for new and renewal drug license issuance

Through a recent Office Order issued by DGDA on 31 October 2023, the regulatory authority mandated that the country’s retail medicine outlets must submit applications for new and renewal drug licenses online through ADLRS (Automated Drug Licensing and Renewal System) rather than through the manual system. DGDA officials will also process the applications and documents

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Good pharmacy practice training formally launched

On 18 December, the Director General of Drug Administration, Major General Dr. Mohammad Yousuf, formally launched BHB’s training program on good pharmacy practices for medicine dispensers. BHB’s Country Project Director, Professor Dr. Abul Kalam Azad; DGDA’s Director Mr. Eyahia; and the Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh’s Vice Chair, Mr. Mosaddek Hussain and General Secretary, Mr. Mahbubul

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BHB appraises the Technical Management Committee members on 2023 progress

The Technical Management Committee, headed by the Director General, Drug Administration, meets quarterly to review the progress of the Better Health in Bangladesh (BHB) project activities. The last meeting of the year was held on 22 November 2023 at the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) offices and was chaired by Major General Dr. Mohammad

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BHB’s IT personnel supports DGDA

Over September and October 2023, a BHB IT expert provided technical support to DGDA: Upload content to DGDA’s online portals (amended block list, no-objection certificates, Regulatory Inspection (RI) guideline, pages, and files) Repair and improve hardware, software, and network Support meetings Guide ADLRS end users Guide the flow of the BHB eLearning platform’s registration module

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Upgraded Pharmacy Management Software awaits launch

To benefit retail medicine shops in Bangladesh, the BHB project developed Pharmacy Management Software (PMS) for owners to make available free of charge. The PMS tool provides sales information on the volume of each type of medicines, the proportion of prescription-only vs. over-the-counter drugs, and the proportion of antibiotics by WHO AWaRe (Access, Watch, Reserve)

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