May 8-14 marks the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week as part of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. This year’s theme is “Managing Speed.” The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. In Bangladesh, deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes are a matter of concern and continuous tragedy. According to WHO’s ‘Global status report on road safety 2015’, each year over 21,000 people die on our roads. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a key risk factor for road traffic collisions, contributing to nearly half of road traffic deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
The International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders concluded on 21 April 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan, having brought together leaders, policy makers, advocates, experts and persons living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDDs) from all over the world. The inaugural ceremony was attended by the Queen of Bhutan, the Prime Minister of Bhutan and the Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, who affirmed high level political commitment to address ASD and NDDs.
Globally, 1.4 million children are estimated to suffer from avoidable childhood blindness and three-quarters of these children live in the poorest regions of Africa and Asia. In Bangladesh, the prevalence of childhood blindness is unknown, although it is estimated that there are 40,000 children with blindness. In 2016 with technical assistance from the World Health Organization Country Office for Bangladesh, the Non-communicable Disease Control unit of the Directorate General of Health Services piloted an intervention package for preventing avoidable childhood blindness in Golapganj Upazila, Sylhet.
7 April 2017 - World Health Day is celebrated today in Bangladesh with a call to talk more openly about depression and scale up the quality and reach of mental health services to prevent untold hardships and precious lives being cut short by depression, a condition that can be easily treated. In Dhaka, a program was held which was inaugurated by the Minister for Health Mohammed Nasim. WHO Country Representative Dr N Paranietharan also attended along with other dignitaries. The event was supported by WHO. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It affects 322 million people in the world and over 6 million people in Bangladesh.
- WHO supports finalization of the action plan of the Bangladesh Health Workforce Strategy
- Promoting best practice in health service management for Health Systems Strengthening
- Dhaka hosts conference on Data for Decision (D4D) in health
- WHO supports Executive Committee Meeting on dissemination of draft National Plan of Action of Nutrition (NPAN) and Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC) Reactivation
- Training workshop on advanced course in Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) causality assessment
- WHO supports orientation meeting on Transmission Assessment Survey
- Capacity development for doctors and nurses on clinical management of dengue, dengue hemorrhagic fever and chikungunya
- WHO supports vaccination campaigns in three sub-districts
- WHO supports consultation meeting and policy dialogue on Bangladesh Essential Service Package (ESP)
- Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage