World Tuberculosis Day 2017

World Tuberculosis Day celebrated on 24 March each year, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB. 2017 is the second year of a two-year "Unite to End TB" campaign for World TB Day. This year, WHO will place a special focus on uniting efforts to "Leave No One Behind", including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalization and overcome barriers to access care.

Number of people with depression increases

28 February 2017 - Depression and anxiety impact on the mood or feelings of affected persons. New estimates from WHO highlight how common depression and anxiety are globally. Over 300 million people globally are estimated to suffer from depression, equivalent to 4.4% of the world’s population. Depressive disorders are characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration. Anxiety disorders are characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear.

Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities

16 February 2017 – Nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

Yearly, 8.8 million people die from cancer

5 February 2017 - New figures from WHO indicate that each year, 8.8 million people die from cancer, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. In the WHO South-East Asia Region, it kills around 1.3 million people every year. In Bangladesh, 10% of all deaths are due to cancers. Estimates from 2012 indicate that the most common occurring cancers in men are cancer of the lung and cancer of the oesophagus in Bangladesh. In women, the most common occurring cancers are cancer of the breast and cancer of the cervix. Significant progress in early cancer diagnosis has been made in Bangladesh. For example, the Health Bulletin 2016 of the Directorate General of Health Services reports that the government has established a total of 373 centers throughout the country and trained 1500 service providers from public hospitals on the screening of cervical and breast cancer.

WHO Guidelines

A selection of evidence-based guidelines


Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

Employment (Current Vacancy Notices)

Vacancies in the WHO Bangladesh Office


Procurement of goods and services

Ebola virus disease outbreak

Information on current situation

Zika virus disease outbreak

Information on the current situation


Past stories from the WHO Bangladesh website

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