Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Six months after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are needed to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar.

The vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.

Strengthen AIDS response, focus on key population

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A think tank meeting comprising of experts, partners, civil society and representatives of key population, met in New Delhi on 12-13 February and stressed upon greater efforts and focused attention to addressing HIV transmission among key population.

The meeting outcomes are expected to help realign and strengthen HIV programmes to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalized are reached, and no one is left behind – to strengthen AIDs response in the context of Universal Health Coverage.

Timor-Leste students seek stringent anti-tobacco measures

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Dili, 14 February: Seeking more stringent measures to dissuade youth from taking to tobacco, university students and members of the National Alliance for Tobacco Control, Timor-Leste, held a march here on the Valentine Day.

They submitted petitions to the National Parliament, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Commerce and Industry demanding ban on selling of tobacco to and by youth under 17 years. The students also sought a ban on sale of loose cigarettes /per unit. Over 2000 students from across the country signed the petitions.

Big 6 countries of WHO South-East Asia Region meet to close measles’ immunity gap, accelerate elimination efforts

Two of the Region’s countries, Bhutan and Maldives, eliminated measles in 2017, while the others are carrying out largescale immunization drives to achieve the same. Nearly 500 million children in the Region are planned to be reached with measles and rubella containing vaccines in the next two years.

To achieve best possible immunization coverage and accelerate efforts to eliminate measles and control rubella / CRS by 2010, the ‘big six’ countries of the Region met in New Delhi on 31 January 2018 to share their challenges and lessons learnt from various recent achievements and initiatives, to help Member countries close the immunity gap.

Over 350 000 children in Rohingya camps to get additional dose of diphtheria vaccine

Over 350,000 children in the Rohingya camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar are being given an additional dose of diphtheria vaccine, as WHO, UNICEF and partners work with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health to intensify efforts to curtail diphtheria.

Vaccination is one key component of diphtheria response, which also focuses on early detection of suspected cases, providing appropriate treatment, and tracing patients’ contacts and giving them preventive medication and vaccine. WHO is coordinating and supporting the overall diphtheria response with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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