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Air pollution is the biggest and most pressing environmental threat to health. Globally, it is responsible for 1 in 9 premature deaths causing cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, lung cancer in adults and acute lower respiratory tract infections in children under- five. In WHO South-East Asia Region 99% cities are breathing air far in excess of WHO Guideline levels and many households are exposed to unacceptable levels of household air pollution.
Second phase of cholera, polio vaccination begins in Cox’s Bazar
The second phase of the oral cholera vaccination drive began today to provide an additional dose of the vaccine to children of newly arrived Rohingya population against the deadly diarrheal disease. The children are also being administered oral polio vaccine. Nearly 180,000 children aged between one and five years are expected to receive the second dose of oral cholera vaccine, while around 210,000 children up to the age of five years will be vaccinated against polio in a six-day immunization campaign.
Over 700 000 people vaccinated against cholera in Cox’s Bazar
More than 700 000 people over the age of one year have been administered oral cholera vaccine in the first phase of a campaign to protect the newly arrived Rohingya population and their host communities against the deadly diarrheal disease in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. 900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine have been mobilized for these vulnerable population. The second phase of the campaign would be held early November to provide an additional dose of OCV to children in the age group of one to five years, for added protection.
Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Bulletin
The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Bulletin (MMWB) for the period 16 – 22 October shows that acute respiratory infections are the most common type of disease among the vulnerable population in Cox’s Bazar, with significant burden of diarrhoeal and skin diseases, and fever.
WHO, partners implement 900 000 dose oral cholera vaccination campaign in Cox’s Bazar
On 10 October the first of 900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine were delivered to newly arrived and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh as part of a massive campaign to protect 650 000 people from the deadly diarrheal disease. Find out how the campaign is unfolding:
Oral cholera vaccination campaign underway in Cox’s Bazar
The world's second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign has started in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. 900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine are now being delivered to more than 650 000 men, women and children.
WHO, partners gear for world’s second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign in Cox’s Bazar
The vaccine has arrived. Micro-plans are complete. And hundreds of health workers and volunteers have been mobilized and trained to carry out an epic mission: The delivery of 900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine to more than 650 000 men, women and children now crowded into settlements and camps near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
WHO appeals for USD 10.2 million to support critical health interventions in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
The World Health Organization is seeking USD 10.2 million to protect, promote and secure the health of more than half a million people who have moved to southern Bangladesh from across the border since August this year.
WHO rolls-out Early Warning, Alert & Response System in Cox’s Bazar
WHO’s Early Warning, Alert and Response System in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh is protecting the health of hundreds of thousands of people in makeshift and spontaneous settlements. Robust surveillance is essential to detecting and responding to disease outbreaks, especially in emergencies.
Life-saving essential medicines, supplies on the ground in Cox’s Bazar
Life-saving essential medicines and medical supplies have arrived at Sadar District Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to support the urgent health needs of more than half a million people who have poured across the border since August.
900,000 vaccines “en route” to Cox’s Bazar to prevent cholera
The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision will release 900,000 doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) from the global stockpile to prevent the spread of cholera among recently arrived vulnerable populations and host communities in areas around Cox’s Bazar.
Connecting needs and services in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Thanks to a functioning referral system, six-month-old Ridwan has a fighting chance. On 22 September a mobile medical team operating near Ridwan’s hut referred him to Ukhiya Upazila Health Complex, a secondary facility on the fringe of the Kutapalong settlement, near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. He is now being shifted to the District Hospital to receive comprehensive care, including for suspected malnutrition.
WHO sets up health monitoring, early warning alert in Cox’s Bazar
To monitor health issues affecting the over 422 000 people in camps and settlements in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, WHO has set up a Control Room as part of the humanitarian health response. The system is part of WHO’s response in supporting the Government of Bangladesh to lead the humanitarian health response required to address the needs of the recent influx of over 400.000 Rohingyan migrants from Myanmar in less than a month.
WHO mounts high-impact health response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Trauma. Childbirth. Anxiety. Disease. These are some of the priority health needs of the more than 420 000 vulnerable people who have sought refuge in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh after fleeing their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state beginning late August. Find out more about the current situation and WHO's response in our feature story:
Providing critical support for health services delivery in Cox’s Bazar
World Health Organization has released a first tranche of emergency funding from the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) to mobilize essential medicines and support mobile medical teams provide life-saving health care to vulnerable populations in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area.