Preventing avoidable childhood blindness in Bangladesh: a pilot intervention

WHO BAN/ S Mahfuzul Huq

Globally, 1.4 million children are estimated to suffer from avoidable childhood blindness and three-quarters of these children live in the poorest regions of Africa and Asia. In Bangladesh, the prevalence of childhood blindness is unknown, although it is estimated that there are 40,000 children with blindness. In 2016 with technical assistance from the World Health Organization Country Office for Bangladesh, the Non-communicable Disease Control unit of the Directorate General of Health Services piloted an intervention package for preventing avoidable childhood blindness in Golapganj Upazila, Sylhet.

Depression: Let's talk

7 April 2017 - World Health Day is celebrated today in Bangladesh with a call to talk more openly about depression and scale up the quality and reach of mental health services to prevent untold hardships and precious lives being cut short by depression, a condition that can be easily treated. In Dhaka, a program was held which was inaugurated by the Minister for Health Mohammed Nasim. WHO Country Representative Dr N Paranietharan also attended along with other dignitaries. The event was supported by WHO. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It affects 322 million people in the world and over 6 million people in Bangladesh.

Saima Wazed Hossain is WHO Champion for Autism in South-East Asia

Ms Saima Wazed Hossain, a strong advocate for autism, has been designated as WHO champion for autism in South-East Asia Region. Her support is expected to boost WHO’s effort to generate awareness and action to address the suffering of children with autism spectrum disorder, as well as their parents and caregivers.

World Tuberculosis Day 2017

World Tuberculosis Day celebrated on 24 March each year, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB. 2017 is the second year of a two-year "Unite to End TB" campaign for World TB Day. This year, WHO will place a special focus on uniting efforts to "Leave No One Behind", including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalization and overcome barriers to access care.


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