Dengue fever: fight the bite
17 July 2016 - As the rainy season is here, it’s time to protect yourself from Aedes mosquitoes, which can transmit dengue virus through their bite. Avoiding being bitten by these mosquitoes will prevent you from getting dengue fever. Follow these simple tips to protect yourself:
• Cover most of your body with light-coloured clothing.
• Use nets and screens on doors and windows.
• Use bed nets while sleeping during the day - Aedes mosquitoes mainly bite during the day.
• Keep patients infected with dengue under a bed net at all times to prevent Aedes mosquitoes spreading the virus to healthy people.
4 July 2016 - As Eid is approaching - and after a month of fasting - many of us are now concerned about staying healthy during an occasion marked by unlimited food intake! One thing that makes it difficult for people to follow a nutritious diet in the month of Ramadan and during Eid festivities is that Bangladeshi people are generous and hospitable which makes it difficult to refuse ‘food’ - when your host continues to stuff you with rich food and you just can’t say ‘no’! However, it is important that you stay healthy during this special season so that you can spend meaningful time with your family and friends. Maintaining a healthy diet to stay fit is always important, not only during this time of the year. Also a little bit of physical activity will help. Walk everyday for at least 45 minutes or do some other exercise.
World Blood Donor Day 2016
14 June 2016 - Every two seconds someone in South East Asia needs a blood transfusion. There are many circumstances where patients need blood to stay alive: they may have been involved in an accident, undergone surgery, suffered a miscarriage, lost blood during childbirth, have a blood disease, and so on. In all of these situations access to safe blood can save lives. Blood cannot be manufactured; it can only be donated by humans.
World Blood Donor Day this year aims to raise awareness about the importance of regular blood donations and thank all of the voluntary, unpaid donors who have saved millions of lives across the world. Bangladesh needs more than 8 lakh units of blood annually to meet the needs of the population. The government is commited to increasing voluntary blood donations to ensure a safe blood supply for the whole country. WHO Bangladesh has supported the development of a national voluntary blood donor strategy.
WHO supports Cyclone Roanu relief efforts
23 May 2016 - 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.
- WHO Bangladesh supports technical meeting on National Plan of Action for Nutrition
- Training on data quality assessment tool for national EPI programme
- WHO Bangladesh supports workshops on biosafety and infection prevention and control
- Feature story on cyclones in Bangladesh
- HPV vaccine launched in Bangladesh
- Course on Health Systems Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage
- Bangladesh announces National SWITCH Day 2016
- Training on information literacy for medical librarians in Dhaka
- WHO continues to support road safety in Bangladesh