Bangladesh–Haiti relations

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Bangladesh–Haiti relations
Map indicating locations of Bangladesh and Haiti

Bangladesh

Haiti

Bangladesh–Haiti relations refer to the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Haiti. The relations between the two countries have been largely influenced by the role of Bangladeshi peace keepers in Haiti as well as the contribution of Bangladeshi NGOs and other organizations in the social development of Haiti. In recent times, there have been some cultural exchanges between the two countries, mostly sports related.

Contribution of Bangladeshi peace keepers[edit]

Bangladeshi peace keepers are playing an active role in maintaining peace and stability in Haiti.[1] Bangladeshi peace keepers in Haiti were first deployed in 2004 as part of United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. In 2010, Haiti became the first country to receive all-female Bangladeshi police contingent.[2] In 2012, officers of Bangladeshi police unit were awarded United Nations medal for their contribution in managing law enforcement in Haiti.[3]

Cooperation in social development[edit]

There are some Bangladesh based NGOs operating in Haiti, most prominently BRAC which has been working in the areas of microfinance, agricultural development, women and adolescent empowerment etc.[4]

Bangladesh based International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research has been sending its experts to investigate the origin of the cholera epidemic in Haiti as well as finding ways to cure it.[5][6]

Humanitarian assistance[edit]

In the aftermath of 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Health ministry of Bangladesh government sent a medical team in Haiti[7] consisting 20 doctors and 10 health technicians.[8]

Cultural exchange[edit]

Haitian football players, such as Sony Norde and Pascal Millien, have played for Bangladeshi football clubs.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A with peacekeeper Sahely Ferdous, Superintendent in the Bangladesh Formed Police Unit, Haiti". UN Women. 29 May 2012. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bangladesh to send female peacekeeper unit to Haiti". Google News. Agence France-Presse. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bangladeshi peacekeepers get UN medal in Haiti". New Age. Dhaka. 16 May 2012. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Haiti Girls Join BRAC's Club for Adolescents". PRWeb. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Choléra : Arrivée de la mission d'experts choisis par Ban Ki Moun" [Cholera: Arrival of the mission of experts appointed by Ban Ki Moun] (in French). Haiti En Marche. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Le banquier des pauvres en visite en Haiti" [The banker to the poor visiting Haiti] (in French). Haiti En Marche. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bangladesh to send medical team to Haiti_English_Xinhua". Xinhua News Agency. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Unb, Dhaka (17 January 2010). "Bangladesh to send medical team tomorrow". The Daily Star. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sony Norde sends Sheikh Jamal into semis". Daily Sun. 30 November 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Traveller Millien here". The Daily Star. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2015.