Bangladesh came forward with a renewed vow to put an end to deaths resulting from tobacco-related diseases while observing the ‘World No Tobacco Day (WNTD)’ on 31 May 2015. This year, as the WNTD theme, WHO calls on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products which remains a major challenge in tobacco control.The illicit tobacco market may account for as much as 1 in every 10 cigarettes consumed globally. Illicit tobacco products lure young people into tobacco experimentation and use because they are more affordable and mislead young tobacco users by not displaying health warnings. Illicit trade causes substantial losses in government revenues.
“Although Bangladesh has made some progress toward road safety, faster and more concerted efforts are needed. A comprehensive legislation can be passed that meets international best practices and addresses key risk factors. Sufficient financial and human resources can be invested in the enforcement of these laws as an essential component for their success. Public awareness needs to be created so that people understand and support such legislative change and enforcement of laws.
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’.