On June 23-24, 2014, the first South Asian Regional Conference ‘mPossible: Regional Health Informatics Conference’ was held at the Rupashi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka. A group of national and international experts from the fields of ‘Public Health and Health Informatics’ participated in the conference. Speakers at the conference included experts in the health informatics and m-Health fields who represented local, regional, and global organizations.The conference was hosted by the Management Information System of the Directorate General of Health Services, with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, World Health Organization and UBS Optimus Foundation.
Mr. Mohammad Nasim, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, graced the workshop as the Chief Guest.Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim called upon the doctors to use modern technologies at their workplace to cooperate the government as well as the common people in this conference.The Minister regretted the performance of doctors at remote areas, while speaking as the chief guest at the concluding day of a two-day South Asian regional health informatics. He requested the doctors to be loyal with their duty as government will also give them the feedback in future with promotion and opportunities of achieving higher degrees. Bangladesh has made remarkable successes in the health sector, said the minister, adding, “It does not appear when I go to villages that things have improved. People say they are not getting services. Doctors cannot be found in hospitals. It seems the indiscipline and irregularities have become a norm.” He said that doctors who will be interested working in rural areas will be provided by more initiatives and they will be given transport facility. He mentioned that the recruitment process of some 6,500 doctors is ongoing.
Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Deen Muhammad Nurul Haque, Philino Health Minister Pedoro Harbosa also spoke among others with Additional Director General (Planning and Development) at the DGSH Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad in the chair in this conference..The conference emphasized on ‘e- and m-Health Innovations’ Related to Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH)’ issues.