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.
Bangladesh marks World No Tobacco Day 2016
31 May 2016 - Tobacco use continues to be a major public health issue across South Asia. On World No Tobacco Day this year, WHO is calling on all member countries to get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products.
Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging. This approach aims to reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products, limit misleading information on packaging and increase the effectiveness of health warnings.
WHO Bangladesh supports the Government of Bangladesh in it's efforts to monitor, control and prevent tobacco use. Most recently, the government introduced graphic health warnings on packs of tobacco products in March.
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.
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.
- 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
- Sixty-eighth Session of the Regional Committee
- Bangladesh health workforce strategy 2015: On the Move
- WHO to continue supporting community-based health activities in Bangladesh