NSU hosts conference on COVID-19 impacts

New Age Online | Published: 20:18, Jul 09,2020 | Updated: 21:19, Jul 09,2020


North South University organised the 2nd virtual conference on ‘Impacts, Consequences and Responses to COVID-19 in Bangladesh: A Human Security Approach’ on Thursday.

Centre for Peace Studies and South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance of NSU hosted the event, said a press release.

The conference had discussions on poverty and inequality, migration and remittance, and the mental health of the COVID-19 affected adolescents.

SIPG director professor Sk Tawfique M Haque, Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh, discussed about the post COVID-19 impacts on poverty and inequality in the country.

Professor Helal Mohiuddin, member, CPS, North South University, spoke about the mental health of COVID-19 affected adolescents. He said that a health strategy was needed to be formulated by exposing the dangerous aspects of mental health in adolescents under COVID-19 stress and trauma.

Ambassador Shahidul Haque, senior fellow, SIPG, NSU, mentioned the fear of declining migration rate for Bangladesh during the epidemic period would have a negative impact on the country’s foreign exchange earnings.

Nazneen Ahmed, senior research fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies; Giorgi Gigauri, chief of mission, IOM, UN Migration Agency, Bangladesh; and Nazrul Islam, director general, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others, attended the discussion.

In his closing remarks, Atiqul Islam, NSU vice-chancellor said, ‘The problems of poverty, migration and generation segregation may increase in the future, so we need to address them through long-term planning and policy change.

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