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UN-SDG Good Practices: Selection & Publication of the PGF Programme

healthcare workers in the rohingya refugee camps working on the pgf programme and towards the UNs sustainable development goals

UN-SDG Good Practices Background:

In 2015, the United Nations adopted a 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to bring peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. In an attempt to identify and highlight examples of good practices that show impacts, including those that could be replicated or scaled-up by others across the globe, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) launched a second open call for good practices, success stories and lessons learned by all stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs from December 2020 to March 2021.

healthcare workers in the bangladesh refugee camps working on the PGF programme towards fulfilling UN sustainable goals

Selection and Publication of the PGF programme:

We are excited to announce that out of the 700 submissions of good practices, our work on the Postgraduate Fellowship in Refugee and Migrant Health (PGF) Programme was selected to be published as part of the UN-SDG Good Practices Publication

The PGF Programme was launched in Bangladesh in 2017 in response to the country’s Rohingya refugee crisis, and is currently in its 5th installment, training a total of 129 doctors. As a medical capacity building programme for local healthcare workers serving in humanitarian settings to improve their clinical practice, it contributes towards two key UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  2. SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 

The PGF Programme & its Impact:

As a result of the PGF programme, over 900,000 patient consultations in the Rohingya camps and host communities have benefited so far. We have also witnessed a significant increase in humanitarian medical skills and leadership demonstrated by each participant.  Our participants reported that they were able to apply their PGF learnings in their own clinical settings, a key success indicator of the project. 

Furthermore, a stronger community of Bangladeshi doctors have been built as a result of the PGF programme due to its duration and practical aspects. More than 30-40% of participants are now in clinical management roles representing the UN / international agencies, local agencies, and also playing a crucial role in wider surveillance, policy and system strengthening activities (despite joining the crisis as junior doctors only 3 years ago).

Read more about the UN-SDG/PGF publication here.

Find out more about PGF and its impact at our project page here.

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