Sustainable Development and Healthy Environment

Bangladesh is a country with resource poor conditions. Therefore, poor environmental conditions, inadequate food security and mal nutrition are the major concerns for the country’s health. Especially, people living in flood-prone areas and urban slums, the poor, disabled persons and the elderly, children and adolescents are affected proportionally more by poor environment and infrastructure. Special attention and advocacy is needed to ensure that health risks are reduced, access to services is established and sustained, and economic and educational opportunities are created.

Climate change is affecting Bangladesh disproportionately. Increased risks due to flooding and air quality are also affecting the disease pattern of the country. Risks related to the use of chemicals and radiation sources in industry and society at large should be reduced through proper licensing, training and public information. Poor food hygiene is a major cause of regular disease and discomfort. Adulteration of foodstuffs is widespread. Collaboration with sector agencies for consumer education is critical. The Institute of Public Health needs to build further capacity. For this, WHO provides support to the following areas: