15 January 2017 - Bangladesh has historically experienced high production and consumption of tobacco products, resulting in a heavy burden of tobacco-related illnesses. The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) enacted the Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Act in 2005. Smoking is now prohibited in selected public places and on public transports. The country is currently implementing several measures to reduce the use of tobacco and the WHO contributes to this implementation.
2 January 2017 - Nearly 30% of newborns in Bangladesh are born premature and need special care. There is a dearth of institutional facilities and trained manpower to manage the huge number of these babies. Direct skin to skin contact with the mothers chest (and also if necessary with father or other family member) known as Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has proved to be a very effective and inexpensive method of caring these premature, low birth weight babies who are not critically ill or unstable. KMC provides effective thermal control, reduces apnea, increases weight gain and reduces duration of hospital stay. However it was never practiced at public health facilities in Bangladesh.
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.
- WHO supports dissemination workshop on the draft National Plan of Action for Nutrition
- Post Introduction Evaluation of Human Papilloma Virus vaccination held in Gazipur
- WHO supports Training of Trainers on tobacco cessation
- WHO supports release of the health workforce strategy
- 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