Government’s effort to outline welfare issues in population, nutrition and health sector programs has come as a relief to millions of Bangladeshis. In an attempt to promote child care, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently enforced the Alternative Child Food Marketing Act and better management of nutritional programs on all levels. The Breastfeeding Foundation and Ministry of Health have been directed to work jointly for ensuring proper nutrition to the mother and new born child.
UNICEF statistic shows that more than 15 lac children can be saved from early death if they are breastfed 6 months after birth. To make this possible, day care centers are being set up at all government offices and authorities of insurance companies, private banks and hospitals in Bangladesh are also being encouraged to do the same. The provision of child care services seems to be improving in terms of affordability and accessibility but how far the government manages to meet the needs of minority ethnic groups will be something to look out for.