MNT elimination in Bangladesh: a journey towards success
10 August 2016 - Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) have been among the most common lethal consequences of unclean deliveries and umbilical cord care practices. When tetanus develops, mortality rates are extremely high. Deaths from MNT can easily be prevented by hygienic delivery and cord care practices, and/or by immunizing mothers with tetanus toxoid vaccine, which is effective and offered free of charge by the Government of Bangladesh through its Expanded Programme on Immunization. Bangladesh achieved MNT elimination status in 2008; WHO Bangladesh provides technical support to help Bangladesh maintain this status.
World Breastfeeding Week 2016
3 August 2016 - World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.
WHO congratulates Bangladesh for endorsing the National Nutrition Policy 2015 which protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding.
WHO regional workshop on post-disaster mental health and psychosocial support
25 July 2016 - A two-day WHO regional workshop dedicated to strengthening capacity and preparedness for post-disaster mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) began in Dhaka today. The workshop will review the existing MHPSS capacity of SEARO member-countries and introduce and train participants on WHO tools. Participants will share experiences and good practices on MHPSS across member states, discuss a multisectoral public health approach for providing MHPSS and the health system response. The event will also focus on developing an outline to integrate MHPSS with the disaster management response plan at the country level and formulate strategies and recommendations for countries to strengthen community resilience and community action for mental health and psychosocial support.
Dengue fever: fight the bite
17 July 2016 - As the rainy season is here, it’s time to protect yourself from Aedes mosquitoes, which can transmit dengue virus through their bite. Avoiding being bitten by these mosquitoes will prevent you from getting dengue fever. Follow these simple tips to protect yourself:
• Cover most of your body with light-coloured clothing.
• Use nets and screens on doors and windows.
• Use bed nets while sleeping during the day - Aedes mosquitoes mainly bite during the day.
• Keep patients infected with dengue under a bed net at all times to prevent Aedes mosquitoes spreading the virus to healthy people.
- Tracking kala-azar cases in Fulchari upazila, Bangladesh
- Revitalising delivery of essential health services in Bangladesh
- First meeting of the National Verification Committee for Measles and Rubella
- WHO Bangladesh supports training courses on leprosy
- Orientation on early detection of cervical and breast cancer
- WHO supports flood response in Bangladesh
- Update on blood transfusion services in 11 districts in Bangladesh
- Environmental surveillance to help detect polio virus
- WHO Bangladesh supports technical meeting on National Plan of Action for Nutrition
- Training on data quality assessment tool for national EPI programme