30 November 2023

When every breath is no longer a luxury

DHAKA, Bangladesh – “My child was having seizures. My mind was not working. I couldn’t figure out what to do,” remembered Sharmin Siddiki about her previous night. As Sharmin talked, her three-year-old child, Fatima, was drifting into sleep. Amid the rhythmic sounds of the UNICEF-supported oxygen equipment, Fatima’s eyes closed. Her mouth and nose…, Seizure, pneumonia, and interrupted oxygen, In the dead of night the day before, Fatima had a seizure. During a moment of despair, Sharmin thought that her only child would not make it till dawn. Holding the feverish girl in her lap, Sharmin left the house and waved for a rickshaw to rush to Mugda Medical College Hospital. As soon as she made it to the hospital, Fatima had the next seizure…, During COVID-19, breathing was a luxury, For years, Efteara had taken care of sick children like Fatima and saw firsthand the heart-wrenching impact of lacking oxygen care. Many patients and newborns needed uninterrupted oxygen but had to take turns using oxygen cylinders, which also couldn’t meet the needs of all patients. And when oxygen therapy was available, there were potential fire…, Fatima’s recuperation, To Sharmin’s relief, Fatima was immediately moved to a bed equipped with a UNICEF-supported centrally supplied oxygen outlet, which delivered oxygen directly to each patient. Medical staff and nurses like Efteara no longer had to move oxygen cylinders from bed to bed. Instead, patients could easily receive uninterrupted oxygen from their beds. “My…, Planting seeds for a better future, During the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the contribution of donors, UNICEF supported the Government of Bangladesh to strengthen oxygen infrastructure and equipment throughout the country. “What we didn’t have in the beginning was a vision of what an oxygen system looks like. And this initiative has helped us to discuss this and develop a system of…, Nurses at Mugda Medical College Hospital attend a UNICEF-supported training workshop on fire safety in the hospital., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/ Paul Efteara learns how to put out a fire during a UNICEF-supported training on fire safety at Mugda Medical College Hospital. OS19.jpg, Efteara learns how to put out a fire during a UNICEF-supported training on fire safety at Mugda Medical College Hospital., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Paul Nurses at Mugda Medical College Hospital attend a UNICEF-supported training workshop on fire safety in the hospital. Efteara learns how to put out a fire during a UNICEF-supported training on fire safety at Mugda Medical College Hospital. “The central oxygen system has made the treatment easier and accessible for…, For every child like Fatima, quality oxygen care, Since 2021, thousands of children in Bangladesh like Fatima have benefited from the UNICEF-supported initiative. UNICEF will continue to support the Government of Bangladesh to strengthen its health system and improve the quality of care for newborns and children, ensuring that every child like Fatima can survive and thrive to their full potential…
31 October 2023

Ramping up dengue response by expanding access to testing kits

Twelve-year-old Shourov had been suffering from high fever for two days. Despite his mother's best efforts to provide him with treatment and care at home, Shourov’s condition showed no signs of improvement. He was diagnosed with dengue and was immediately admitted to Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master General Hospital in Tongi, Gazipur, when his parents…, Challenges in managing a health crisis,  “We often grapple with a shortage of human resources, making it challenging to manage all our duties while providing treatment and care to each patient. However, despite these obstacles, at the end of the day we feel satisfied about the fact that we have been able to conduct timely tests for our patients. Having a steady supply of testing kits…, A family’s journey of dealing with dengue, After five days of treatment, Shourov was ready to get discharged, a moment he had eagerly awaited. When asked what he missed the most during his hospital stay, he said, "I miss going to school and playing with my friends after classes." His mother shared that Shourov loved going to school and never missed his classes but had been unable to attend…, Collaborative approach to control dengue, Swift diagnosis, along with appropriate treatment, is crucial for recovering from dengue and getting back to normal life. Since the onset of the dengue crisis, UNICEF has delivered critical medical supplies, including testing kits with over 126,000 tests, and is also supporting the Government with building capacities of healthcare staff, providing…, Each dengue test kit supplied by UNICEF consists of at least 10 test strips., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Each dengue test kit supplied by UNICEF consists of at least 10 test strips. UNICEF-Dengue Response-04.jpg, Each dengue test kit supplied by UNICEF consists of at least 10 test strips., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Each dengue test kit supplied by UNICEF consists of at least 10 test strips. Each dengue test kit supplied by UNICEF consists of at least 10 test strips. “UNICEF’s support in supplying the dengue tests has been instrumental in managing the surge in cases. Their timely delivery has been a lifesaver for our community.…
14 September 2023

Roundtable Discussion on Dengue Response: Uniting efforts for a resilient future

In the wake of a critical dengue situation, UNICEF supported the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to organize a dialogue among key stakeholders on the ongoing dengue response in the country. Chaired by Mr. Zahed Maleque, MP, Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the discussions called upon relevant line ministries and authorities…, A public health crisis cutting across the nation, The dengue outbreak has spread to 64 districts, starting almost a month earlier than previous years. Worldwide climate change is exacerbating the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue, directly impacting the lives of children and adults. In Bangladesh, according to DGHS, one out of every five patients is a child below the age of 15, which…, Mobilizing resources to protect communities, This year’s dengue outbreak is affecting several countries in South Asia. However, Bangladesh is continuing to record a large number of cases. To support the Government, UNICEF is delivering USD 2.25 million worth of urgently needed support, which includes supplies of testing kits and training of professionals, along with other critical supplies…, Strengthening synergies, Bangladesh's approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic underscored its capacity to control and combat epidemics, showcasing the nation's ability to make coordinated efforts and effectively disseminate instructions. For this, the discussions also looked at other examples in South Asia, where countries have managed to control the spread of dengue.…
06 February 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 – otherwise known as Coronavirus disease – has been dominating the headlines recently. While it is spreading quickly across parts of Asia and beyond, there are simple precautions you can make to reduce the risk of infection and transmission. How do you protect from Corona Virus Tips for Corona Virus, How dangerous is it?, Like other respiratory illnesses, it can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties and organ failure. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more…, What is the best way to wash your hands properly?, Should I wear a medical mask?, While wearing a medical mask can help in limiting the spread of some diseases including the 2019-nCoV, it alone will not stop infection. Washing hands and avoiding contact with potentially infected individuals is the best way to reduce the risk of infection., Are children at risk?, It is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but it is important to note that so far there have been no reported fatalities of children linked to the coronavirus. The virus is fatal in rare cases, mainly with older people with pre-existing medical conditions. However, there are significant secondary impacts on children,…, What is UNICEF doing?, A UNICEF shipment of respiratory masks and protective suits for health workers  landed in Shanghai, China, at the end of January  to support China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Weighing 6 metric tons, the supplies were sent from UNICEF’s global supply hub in Copenhagen and will be dispatched to Wuhan. UNICEF will be sending more items in…