Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities

16 February 2017 – Nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

Yearly, 8.8 million people die from cancer

5 February 2017 - New figures from WHO indicate that each year, 8.8 million people die from cancer, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. In the WHO South-East Asia Region, it kills around 1.3 million people every year. In Bangladesh, 10% of all deaths are due to cancers. Estimates from 2012 indicate that the most common occurring cancers in men are cancer of the lung and cancer of the oesophagus in Bangladesh. In women, the most common occurring cancers are cancer of the breast and cancer of the cervix. Significant progress in early cancer diagnosis has been made in Bangladesh. For example, the Health Bulletin 2016 of the Directorate General of Health Services reports that the government has established a total of 373 centers throughout the country and trained 1500 service providers from public hospitals on the screening of cervical and breast cancer.

WHO supports development of climate resilient water safety plan

30 January 2017 - World Health Organization has recently supported the government of Bangladesh to develop climate resilient water safety plans in four municipalities. Climate resilient water safety plan (WSP) addresses climate variability systematically in order to ensure safety of drinking water from the source to the point of consumption. Water supply system with water source, treatment plant, overhead tank, distribution network and household connections was developed under this project in the drought-prone and flood-affected areas.

Making a difference: Tobacco control in Bangladesh

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.

WHO Guidelines

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Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

Employment (Current Vacancy Notices)

Vacancies in the WHO Bangladesh Office


Procurement of goods and services

Ebola virus disease outbreak

Information on current situation

Zika virus disease outbreak

Information on the current situation


Past stories from the WHO Bangladesh website

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