World Health Day 2018 in Bangladesh


Today, the 7th of April 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization. This date is now celebrated worldwide as World Health Day.

Perhaps you don’t know much about Bangladesh, and perhaps you know even less about the reality of health in this country. In a broader context, Bangladesh is “one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world”. The nation faces many natural hazards such as floods and earthquakes; because Bangladesh is prone to various natural disasters, this makes the country particularly vulnerable in relation to health.

At the moment, according to World Health Organization, half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services. In South East Asia, about 800 million are not fully covered for essential health services.

During my time in Bangladesh, I am discovering the ways in which the EU supports health – taking steps towards ensuring that “everyone, everywhere can access quality health services”.

Water and Sanitation Support

Child pumping water out of a well

Supporting the poor and marginalized in the rural hard-to-reach communities is a critical component of projects that work towards providing clean and safe water.Local governments are supported by to facilitate community-managed water supply.  Safe water supply and sanitation services are at the core of a healthy life.

Health Care

Family with three children, one who has a disability and receives support for rehabilitation and assistive devices such as the walking aid

Health care remains a challenge for many in the country. Persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to lack of medical services, but through partnerships, with local organizations such as Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) the situation is improving rapidly.

Nutrition

The EU is promoting nutrition, health and wellbeing through a programme called “Nutrition Club”. This initiative was created to raise awareness about nutrition among youth. Check out the upcoming event “Nutrition Olympiad 2018”.

Nutrition Olympiad 2018

On International Women’s Day, I shared the importance of Leave No One Behind and the same holds true for those who cannot access essential health care. Quality health services must extend to the hard to reach places of the country. While I believe there will always be “more” we can do improve, we must take action towards the aim of #HealthForAll.

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