10 October 2016 - Today is World Mental Health Day 2016. This year's theme is ‘psychological first aid’ to improve awareness and understanding of the topic and how it can be used following crisis events to support people in distress. World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for people and organizations working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Psychological first aid covers both psychological and social support. Crisis events involving exposure to trauma and sudden loss occur in all communities across the world. South-East Asia Region accounted for 40% of the world’s natural disasters between 1994 and 2013. Post disaster mental health conditions can be substantially reduced by timely provision of mental health and psychosocial support. Learning the basic principles of psychological first aid will help support people who are very distressed.
Survey finds people don’t take actions to prevent Aedes mosquito
7 September 2016 - A survey conducted by WHO Bangladesh in collaboration with the Disease Control Directorate of the Ministry of Health found that though there is some awareness about the menace of Aedes mosquito, action is lacking on the part of the citizens to control mosquito breeding. There is also a lack of knowledge about where Aedes mosquito can breed or its biting habits. Almost half of the respondents did not know how dengue is transmitted and two-thirds of them have no knowledge about the cause of Zika and Dengue fever.
31 August 2016 - A national consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the role of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) was held in Dhaka today. WHO Country Office for Bangladesh provided technical support to the Health Economics Unit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to organize the event. The meeting aimed at offering an opportunity for the Bangladesh government and its partners to reflect upon the meaning of health and the health-related SDGs. It also discussed the role of UHC and changes needed in order to achieve the health SDGs.
MNT elimination in Bangladesh: a journey towards success
10 August 2016 - Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) have been among the most common lethal consequences of unclean deliveries and umbilical cord care practices. When tetanus develops, mortality rates are extremely high. Deaths from MNT can easily be prevented by hygienic delivery and cord care practices, and/or by immunizing mothers with tetanus toxoid vaccine, which is effective and offered free of charge by the Government of Bangladesh through its Expanded Programme on Immunization. Bangladesh achieved MNT elimination status in 2008; WHO Bangladesh provides technical support to help Bangladesh maintain this status.
- 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
- WHO supports flood response in Bangladesh
- Update on blood transfusion services in 11 districts in Bangladesh
- Environmental surveillance to help detect polio virus
- WHO Bangladesh supports technical meeting on National Plan of Action for Nutrition