Tobacco, being a leading risk factor for many noncommunicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung disease, is a major threat to public health. One of the most cost-effective ways to curb the demand for tobacco is to increase the price of tobacco products through effective taxation measures. WHO and partners are recommending changes to tobacco tax structure in Bangladesh in order to align the tobacco tax system with international best practice and evidence.
Being active physically is crucial to improve an individual’s quality of life and mental health as well as maintain healthy body weight. Physical activity also reduces the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke, various cancers including colon and breast cancer, and depression. In Bangladesh, NCDs are estimated to account for 580 000 deaths annually which is 67% of all deaths.
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The theme of this year’s campaign is blood donation as an action of solidarity, under the slogan ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’. This highlights the fundamental human values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems.