17 September 2023

Community leaders come forward to protect at-risk families against dengue

As a new day begins in Dhalpur - a ward in Jatrabari, Dhaka - Sheuli Khatun, a dedicated field supervisor at the Dhalpur Aalo Clinic, gets ready to start her work in the local community. Sheuli's unwavering commitment to her community's health has never been more crucial, especially in the face of the alarming dengue outbreak that has gripped…, A constant battle, As of September 2023, the dengue outbreak in Bangladesh has spread to all 64 districts, with over 750 dengue-related deaths reported by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Additionally, more than 25,000 cases of dengue have been reported among children under the age of 15, which is a huge cause for concern. Sheuli's words highlight…, Spreading the message, Sheuli's commitment, however, doesn't stop at the clinic's doors. She is part of a larger effort, with UNICEF as a crucial partner, in spreading awareness and mobilizing the community. Through risk communication and community engagement initiatives, UNICEF is on the ground, planning and coordinating. Community leaders like Sheuli and community…, Sheuli Khatun and community volunteer Tahmina Begum speak to their community about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mawa Sheuli Khatun and community volunteer Tahmina Begum speak to their community about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., Sheuli Khatun and community volunteer Tahmina Begum speak to their community about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mawa Sheuli Khatun and community volunteer Tahmina Begum speak to their community about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka. Sheuli Khatun and community volunteer Tahmina Begum speak to their community about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka. Armed with pamphlets and hand mikes, Sheuli and her team conduct door-to-door…, Sheuli Khatun and Tahmina Begum speak to their students and mothers about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mawa Sheuli Khatun and Tahmina Begum speak to their students and mothers about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka. Dengue prevention _4.JPG, Sheuli Khatun and Tahmina Begum speak to their students and mothers about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mawa Sheuli Khatun and Tahmina Begum speak to their students and mothers about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka. Sheuli Khatun and Tahmina Begum speak to their students and mothers about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka. In the bustling local vegetable market, they engage vendors and customers, with Sheuli emphasizing…, Voices of the faithful, Sheuli and her team forge alliances even within the community's spiritual centers. They collaborate with the Imams, local religious leaders, encouraging them to incorporate dengue prevention messages during public prayers, using the mosque's loudspeakers to disseminate life-saving information. Sheuli underscores the importance, saying, "Since the…, Tahmina Begum speaks to Imams at the mosque about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mawa Tahmina Begum speaks to Imams at the mosque about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., Tahmina Begum speaks to Imams at the mosque about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mawa Tahmina Begum speaks to Imams at the mosque about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka. Tahmina Begum speaks to Imams at the mosque about dengue prevention in Dhalpur, Dhaka. UNICEF has also engaged with the Islamic Foundation of Bangladesh, leveraging their pivotal role in spreading accurate and actionable information…, A unified front, By joining forces with the Government of Bangladesh and other partners, UNICEF is dedicated to tackling the dengue outbreak head-on, ensuring a safer and healthier future for all. To protect children and to respond to this public health emergency, UNICEF is also delivering USD 2.25 million worth of urgently needed testing kits, training of…