Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh takes charge as Regional Director
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh takes charge as WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Region from 1 February 2014. She was elected by the 11 Member States of the Region in September 2013 and subsequently appointed by the WHO Executive Board at its 134th session in January 2014. Dr Khetrapal Singh is an Indian national and the first woman to hold this post.
Since immunization introduced in 1979, Bangladesh has launched the biggest ever child vaccination campaign in history to eliminate measles, control rubella, and maintain its hard-earned polio-free status.
Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the Measles-Rubella (MR) Vaccination Campaign and the second round of National Immunization Days at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on 26 January 2014.
WHO offers psychosocial support to collapsed building victims
Disasters cause a great deal of psychological sufferings of victims. Some of the psychological sores never heal and remain as a lifetime companion for the disaster victims. Therefore the national response should be efficient in alleviating the psychosocial distresses of the people affected by disasters--be it man-made or natural.
Injury is a leading cause of death in the world and accounts for 10-30 percent hospital admissions in many countries. Road traffic injuries constitute a major proportion of these injuries. According to WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, an estimated 17,289 people die each year in Bangladesh due to road traffic fatalities. In line with the Global Action Plan on Road Safety, the Directorate General of Health Services of Bangladesh has developed a road safety action plan with assistance from the World Health Organization.