Two more vaccines are being added into Bangladesh’s routine immunization programme on 21 March 2015. The new injectable vaccines are expected to reduce child deaths substantially from pneumonia and help sustain the polio-free status of the country. With pneumococcal (PCV) and polio (IPV) vaccines in place, Bangladesh’s routine immunization will provide protection to 10 diseases.
Every year, 22 March is observed as World Water Day to appreciate this precious resource and to recommit ourselves in preserving and sustaining water for current and future generations.
To recognize the transition from Millennium Development (MDG) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the theme for 2015 is: ‘Water and Sustainable Development’.
The World Health Organization, South-East Asia Regional Office is collaborating with 11 other global organizations to promote World Birth Defects Day to increase global awareness of birth defects.
WHO reported 49 000 newborn deaths due to birth defects in 2013 in the South-East Asia Region. Addressing birth defects is a key intervention to provide the best health possible and potential for a full and productive life.
Health headlines have recently been dominated by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and humanitarian emergencies in many other countries. 2014 also saw major public health successes, and a clearer understanding of a number of public health threats. WHO produced reports on a range of critical health issues and provided new advice to help countries improve their people's health.