Bangladesh joins global polio vaccine switch

23 April 2016 - Bangladesh is one of 155 countries that are rolling out a new type of polio vaccine as part of a global push to eradicate polio. Since wild poliovirus type 2 was eradicated from the world in 1999, it is no longer needed in the routine polio immunization program. The vaccine ‘switch’ involves replacing the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV), which protects against all three type of poliovirus (types 1, 2 and 3), with a new bivalent vaccine (bOPV) that will provide greater immunity against two types of polio (types 1 and 3). This tOPV to bOPV switch is the most ambitious globally synchronized vaccine effort in history. The switch will also involve disposing of all batches of the old vaccine so that it is no longer being used anywhere in the world.

World Health Day 2016

7 April 2016 - World Health Day was celebrated in Bangladesh with a call to take action to ‘prevent, treat and beat’ diabetes, a potentially fatal disease that affects over 90 million people in the region. WHO Country Office for Bangladesh has organised several events in Dhaka and around the country, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Almost one in ten adults in Bangladesh are suffering from diabetes and the number of cases are set to rise in the coming years.

World TB Day 2016: Bangladesh continues its battle against the disease

24 March 2016 - Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that can be fatal if not treated properly. In 2014, 9.6 million people were infected with TB worldwide and 1.5 million died from the disease. Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. The South-East Asia region accounts for a disproportionately high number of global TB cases and Bangladesh is one of 22 ‘high TB-burden’ countries. In 2014, there were 187,005 new cases of TB in Bangladesh and it was the leading cause of death, accounting for 81,000 fatalities. Ending the TB epidemic by 2030 is one of the health targets of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. WHO has set a target for a 95% reduction in deaths and a 90% reduction in TB incidence by 2035. As World Tuberculosis Day marks renewed efforts to ‘Unite to end TB’, we give some insight into the disease that remains a major public health problem for Bangladesh.

Zika virus: how to protect yourself

On 1 February 2016, WHO declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) following an outbreak of Zika virus and increase in the number of microcephaly cases among newborns in the Americas and Caribbean regions. Although there have been no reported cases of Zika virus in Bangladesh, cases have been confirmed among travellers from Indonesia, the Maldives and Thailand, in the South East Asia region. Zika virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes species, which is present in Bangladesh. This is the same mosquito that is responsible for dengue and chikungunya infections. There is no vaccine or treatment available for Zika virus at present and prevention is the most effective way to stop the spread of disease.

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