Vol. 5 Num 964 Thu. February 15, 2007  

Star reporter wins Child Sight Foundation award

Reporter of The Daily Star Muhammad Rajib Hossain has won the first prize of a journalist fellowship programme organised by Child Sight Foundation (CSF) for his report titled "Darkness to Light-working to beat childhood blindness".

AKM Moinuddin of the daily Bangladesh Observer and Kamrun Nahar Jhumu of the daily Ajker Kagoj became second and third respectively.

The award giving ceremony was held at city's Brac Centre Inn yesterday. Child Sight Foundation organised the programme with a view to developing informative journalism on childhood blindness for mass awareness.

The winners received Tk 25,000, Tk 10,000 and Tk 5,000 respectively as prize money with a crest and certificate.

All the participating 13 journalists were awarded certificates of the fellowship that included field visits, case observation and report writings.

Prof MA Matin, vice chairman of Bangladesh National Council for the Blind (BNCB), was present at the award giving ceremony as the chief guest while Editor of the daily Manabjamin Matiur Rahman Chowdhury and Dr MA Muhit, clinical research fellow of International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), were present as special guests.

Comprehensive communication approach to fight child blindness specially for avoidable cataract blindness is a must, said Prof Matin.

CSF has been playing an important role with the help of the journalists to provide sight to a large number of children and the effort is praiseworthy, said Matiur Rahman.

President of CSF AH Syedur Rahman informed that steps have been taken to remove cataract from seven lakh adult people under Vision 2020 programme.

After the award giving ceremony, a workshop was conducted on how to disseminate the communication and training materials in future.

CSF has been working since 2001 to alleviate childhood blindness in Bangladesh including detection and referral of visually impaired children for cataract surgeries and treatment, primary eye care, rehabilitation, inclusive education and mass advocacy.

Muhammad Rajib Hossain, reporter of The Daily Star, receives a cheque from the daily Manabjamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury at Brac Centre Inn in the city yesterday. PHOTO: STAR