Grameenphone has partnered with UNICEF to support extension of the first-ever ‘Child Help Line – 1098’ in Bangladesh by signing a formal agreement on October 12.
The partnership agreement was signed at a hotel in Dhaka city by UNICEF Bangladesh Representative Edouard Beigbeder and Grameenphone CEO Rajeev Sethi on behalf of their respective organisations. Hans Martin Hoegh Henrichsen, Chief Representative Officer of Telenor in Bangladesh was also present on the occasion.
Since 2011, the Child Help Line has provided emergency support services to children at risk throughout Dhaka. The toll-free Child Help Line number ‘1098’, is a government project implemented by the Department of Social Services under the Ministry of Social Welfare and supported by UNICEF in collaboration with partner NGO – Aprajayo Bangladesh.
“The success of Child Helpline was so compelling that we wanted to extend its reach – today that has become a reality due our collaborative partnership with Grameenphone and the Ministry of Social Welfare. More vulnerable children will be able to seek professional support in times of need. We thank Grameenphone and the Ministry for their vital support,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Bangladesh Representative.
Speaking on the occasion Grameenphone CEO, Rajeev Sethi said, “Grameenphone’s vision is to Empower Society. Child Helpline 1098 has proven itself an empowering tool for children in distress and we pleased to expand its reach in Bangladesh. Such initiatives are important for social empowerment and Grameenphone is proud to be working with UNICEF on this important project.”
Based on the success of the pilot project, Grameenphone is supporting the extension of the ‘Child Help Line 1098’ to an additional 10 upazillas (sub-districts) and two city corporations, including Dhaka and Khulna City Corporations and Dacope, Dimla, Domar, Nilphamari Sadar, Kishoreganj, Jamalpur Sadar, Sarishabari, Bhola Sadar, Lalmohon and Char fashion Upazillas. This is being administered under the overall guidance of UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Welfare and is part of a wider global partnership that was established by Telenor ASA and UNICEF in in February 2014.