WHO announces a Public Health Emergency of International Concern


WHO has announced that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This comes after the International Health Regulation Emergency Committee agreed that a causal link between this cluster and Zika virus disease is strongly suspected. It constitutes an “extraordinary event” and a public health threat to other parts of the world.

Workshop on road safety legislations: Bangladesh commits to reduce traffic injuries by introducing new laws

Road traffic injuries are a leading cause of death globally and the number one cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29 years. According to WHO’s Global status report on road safety 2015, more than 1.2 million people die each year due to road traffic injuries. The same report estimates more than 21 thousand deaths in Bangladesh in 2012 in road traffic collisions/accidents. While being a concern for public health, these injuries are also a development issue as they result in a loss of approximately 3% of low and middle income countries’ GDP. Unfortunately, there has been little progress towards improving road safety legislation.

Ensure dignity in mental health

On the World Mental Health Day, WHO calls for dignity in mental health. Dignity in mental health means steps are taken to safeguard the well-being of people with mental health conditions, thus liberating them from the shackles of self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.

Let’s end rabies together

Rabies kills nearly 25 000 people every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region which accounts for 45% of global deaths caused by the disease. Over 1.5 billion people in the Region are at risk of rabies infection.
The World Rabies Day this year focuses on making the elimination goal, set for 2020 in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a reality.

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