WHO supports Cyclone Roanu relief efforts

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Cyclone Roanu hit southern and south-eastern parts of Bangladesh on Saturday 21st May, causing widespread floods, heavy rain and strong winds in coastal areas. Over 500,000 people have been affected, many of whom have moved to shelters and places of safety. These communities now face increased risks to their health.

WHO Bangladesh is working with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and other partners to monitor the situation at the national level. WHO field staff is working closely with local officials and medical teams on the ground to help coordinate and provide any necessary support. Emergency health kits and medical supplies were already available in the affected areas as part of WHOs divisional preparedness plan 2015-2016 and are being distributed.

Bangladesh Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage

11 May 2016 - A group of national and international participants have gathered in Cox's Bazar this week to attend Bangladesh's first flagship course on health systems strengthening and universal health coverage. The course has been organised by the Health Economics Unit of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, with support from WHO, the World Bank and the Health Finance and Governance Project of USAID. The first three days of the course have included a lively mixture of expert lectures, sharing of experiences, group work and discussions.

Bangladesh joins global polio vaccine switch

23 April 2016 - Bangladesh is one of 155 countries that are rolling out a new type of polio vaccine as part of a global push to eradicate polio. Since wild poliovirus type 2 was eradicated from the world in 1999, it is no longer needed in the routine polio immunization program. The vaccine ‘switch’ involves replacing the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV), which protects against all three type of poliovirus (types 1, 2 and 3), with a new bivalent vaccine (bOPV) that will provide greater immunity against two types of polio (types 1 and 3). This tOPV to bOPV switch is the most ambitious globally synchronized vaccine effort in history. The switch will also involve disposing of all batches of the old vaccine so that it is no longer being used anywhere in the world.

World Health Day 2016

7 April 2016 - World Health Day was celebrated in Bangladesh with a call to take action to ‘prevent, treat and beat’ diabetes, a potentially fatal disease that affects over 90 million people in the region. WHO Country Office for Bangladesh has organised several events in Dhaka and around the country, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Almost one in ten adults in Bangladesh are suffering from diabetes and the number of cases are set to rise in the coming years.

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