1 December 2016 - Today is World AIDS Day. The world has been commemorating this day on 1 December of every year since 1988. This day provides an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the cause of HIV prevention and treatment. It draws attention to the HIV epidemic and raises awareness about HIV. More importantly though, today provides us an opportunity to remember loved ones whom we have lost to AIDS, to demonstrate our solidarity with people living with HIV and to celebrate their success, resilience and triumph against this scourge of the 21st century. According to a new WHO progress report the major obstacle for everyone with HIV to receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the lack of HIV diagnosis facilities. The report also reveals that more than 18 million people with HIV are currently taking ART, and a similar number is still unable to access treatment. The majority of the general population though, are unaware of their HIV positive status.
14 November 2016 - Today is World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2016. Close to 350 million people in the world have diabetes, a chronic disease that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or when it cannot effectively use the insulin it does produce to help the body metabolize the sugar that is formed from the food we eat. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the WHO response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign which unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy. WDD is a year-long campaign to reflect the realities of dealing with a chronic condition.
1 November 2016 - Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) have played an important role in the remarkable success in reducing malaria burden over the past decade. They are a core prevention tool, and widely used by people at risk of malaria. Though LLIN is treated with safe, residual insecticide its efficacy and durability wane over the years when washed in water and may have an impact on preventing malaria.
28 October 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and Bangladesh Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) government organized a conference on “Drinking Water Safety” on 27 October in Dhaka. Participants at the event discussed the quality of drinking water and water supply management practice, as well as actions and strategies to roll out a drinking water quality surveillance system in Bangladesh. The conference was attended by the Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, M.P., WHO country representative Dr N Paranietharan and representatives from government, civil society and academia working in this sector.
- WHO supports workshop on WISN methodology
- Workshop to review National Tuberculosis Control Program
- Training workshop on regulatory inspections to ensure good manufacturing practices (GMP) in medicine and vaccine production
- The Package of Essential Noncommunicable Disease (PEN) interventions in Bangladesh
- WHO supports costing of Essential Service Package
- 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