27 February 2024

Dr. Naznin Akter’s journey in safeguarding special girl children against human papillomavirus (HPV)

"My mother used to have excessive bleeding and pain during menstrual periods. Later due to the pain becoming unbearable, she had to have her uterus removed through surgery in order to prevent cervical cancer as she was in high risk of contracting the disease since she was not vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV)," said Dr. Naznin Akter, a…, Battle against cervical cancer, When Dr. Naznin Akter learned about the HPV vaccination campaign during a training session at the EPI headquarters, her personal connection to the impact of cervical cancer fueled her determination to spearhead a session at Proyash Institute of Special Education where her son is enrolled.  Proyash  is a specialized institution which provides…, Overcoming HPV myths and spreading awareness, However, organizing the session at Proyash presented its own challenges. Deep-rooted myths and societal taboos surrounding HPV vaccine, such as the misconception that it's ineffective past age 12 and the unfounded belief in side effects like infertility, cast a shadow, making parents hesitant to vaccinate their children. Adding to the reluctance…, A safer tomorrow for girls in Bangladesh, In Bangladesh, millions of women die from cervical cancer, a disease which can be prevented by a single dose of vaccine to girls at an early age. Despite cervical cancer being the second most common cancer among women in Bangladesh and causing the highest number of cancer-related deaths, many people are not aware about the dangers of HPV and the…
14 August 2023

Eleven-year-old Fahim fights against deadly dengue

Fahim lays on the bed next to his mother, as nurses tend to his fever brought on by dengue. He has had this fever for the last nine days. “It hurts my entire body. It’s difficult to move or do things in this state,” he says, as he laments about missing out on important classes while getting treated for dengue at the hospital. Eleven-year-old Fahim…, An escalating crisis, As the dengue outbreak continues to grip Bangladesh, it poses a severe public health challenge, impacting children and communities across the nation. The global challenge of changing climatic conditions and increasing global warming further exacerbate the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue, particularly in countries at risk. According to…, Protecting communities through prevention, The hospital Fahim has been admitted to has become a crucial hub in Tongi for providing medical care and support to dengue patients - an important part of which is creating awareness in them and their families regarding preventing and mitigating dengue in their respective communities. Eleven-year-old Fahim gets treated for dengue at Shaheed…, Eleven-year-old Fahim gets treated for dengue at Shaheed Ahsanullah Master General Hospital while accompanied by his mother Jesmin., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Eleven-year-old Fahim gets treated for dengue at Shaheed Ahsanullah Master General Hospital Eleven-year-old Fahim gets treated for dengue at Shaheed Ahsanullah Master General Hospital, Eleven-year-old Fahim gets treated for dengue at Shaheed Ahsanullah Master General Hospital while accompanied by his mother Jesmin., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Eleven-year-old Fahim gets treated for dengue at Shaheed Ahsanullah Master General Hospital Eleven-year-old Fahim gets treated for dengue at Shaheed Ahsanullah Master General Hospital “As part of our daily practice, we try to advise and follow up with patients on how they can take care to prevent dengue in their…, Religious leaders speak to their community about preventive measures against dengue during Friday prayers at a mosque in Banani, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mukut Religious leaders speak to their community about preventive measures against dengue Religious leaders speak to their community about preventive measures against dengue, Religious leaders speak to their community about preventive measures against dengue during Friday prayers at a mosque in Banani, Dhaka., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Mukut Religious leaders speak to their community about preventive measures against dengue Religious leaders speak to their community about preventive measures against dengue The response to the dengue outbreak also necessitates long-term solutions and prevention practices to ensure that the disease can be controlled in the…, Cooperation for change, Fahim's battle against dengue reflects the collective urgency and need to address the situation across Bangladesh. UNICEF is fully committed to collaborating with the Government of Bangladesh and other partners to effectively respond to the dengue outbreak and work together to mitigate its impact on vulnerable communities, particularly children.…