Air Pollution


Air pollution is the biggest and most pressing environmental threat to health. Globally, it is responsible for 1 in 9 premature deaths causing cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, lung cancer in adults and acute lower respiratory tract infections in children under- five.

In WHO South-East Asia Region 99% cities are breathing air far in excess of WHO Guideline levels and many households are exposed to unacceptable levels of household air pollution.

Bangladesh steps up vaccination for new Rohingya arrivals as measles cases rise

An increase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and their host communities in southern Bangladesh has prompted the Government and UN partners to step up immunization efforts in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters close to the border with Myanmar.

Nearly 360 000 people in the age group of six months to 15 years, the new Rohingya arrivals in Cox’s Bazar and their host communities, irrespective of their immunization status, would be administered measles and rubella vaccine through fixed health facilities, outreach vaccination teams, and at entry points into Bangladesh.

Second phase of cholera, polio vaccination begins in Cox’s Bazar

The second phase of the oral cholera vaccination drive began today to provide an additional dose of the vaccine to children of newly arrived Rohingya population against the deadly diarrheal disease. The children are also being administered oral polio vaccine.

Nearly 180,000 children aged between one and five years are expected to receive the second dose of oral cholera vaccine, while around 210,000 children up to the age of five years will be vaccinated against polio in a six-day immunization campaign.

Over 700 000 people vaccinated against cholera in Cox’s Bazar

More than 700 000 people over the age of one year have been administered oral cholera vaccine in the first phase of a campaign to protect the newly arrived Rohingya population and their host communities against the deadly diarrheal disease in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine have been mobilized for these vulnerable population. The second phase of the campaign would be held early November to provide an additional dose of OCV to children in the age group of one to five years, for added protection.

Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Bulletin

The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Bulletin (MMWB) for the period 16 – 22 October shows that acute respiratory infections are the most common type of disease among the vulnerable population in Cox’s Bazar, with significant burden of diarrhoeal and skin diseases, and fever.

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