Health partners responding to chicken pox outbreak in Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 15 January 2019 – Responding to an outbreak of chicken pox in the Rohingya refugee camps, health sector partners led by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization have stepped up surveillance and initiated measures to curtail further spread of the disease and prevent any complications. “Clinicians and health workforce are being trained for identifying chicken pox cases early, and efforts are on to promote preventive measures. Surveillance has been further beefed up in the Rohingya camps,” said Dr Bardan Jung Rana WHO Representative to Bangladesh.

Sexual and reproductive health comes of age in Cox’s Bazar

The humanitarian emergency in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh is one of three around the world where a Dutch Government funded pilot project is taking place, targeting the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of forcibly displaced women and girls. Bangladesh is sheltering nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees who have crossed over from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar and are living in camps there.

Global status report on road safety 2018

The Global status report on road safety 2018, launched by WHO in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries. The report suggests that the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist. These include strategies to address speed and drinking and driving, among other behaviours; safer infrastructure like dedicated lanes for cyclists and motorcyclists; improved vehicle standards such as those that mandate electronic stability control; and enhanced post-crash care.

330 000 Rohingyas and host community to get cholera vaccine in Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 17 November 2018: Nearly 330 000 Rohingyas refugees and Bangladesh host community will be vaccinated against cholera in a month-long campaign beginning today in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and its nearby areas, to protect vulnerable population against the deadly disease amidst increased risk of flooding in the ongoing cyclone season. Led by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with support of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and partners such as Gavi, the vaccine alliance, the campaign aims to reach people who missed some or all previous cholera vaccination opportunities.

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