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UNICEF’s Urgent Response to Escalating Dengue Outbreak Among Children in Bangladesh

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As the dengue outbreak in Bangladesh intensifies, particularly among children under the age of 15, UNICEF is stepping up its support for the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts to contain the crisis. With over 21,000 dengue cases reported in this vulnerable age group, the situation calls for immediate and comprehensive action.

Protection and Response

UNICEF is taking swift action to protect children and respond to this public health emergency. The organization is mobilizing vital resources, including USD2.25 million worth of urgently needed testing kits, professional training, and essential supplies and services related to health, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Widespread Outbreak

The dengue outbreak has spread its grip across 64 districts in the country, with alarming statistics from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealing that over 112,000 dengue cases have been reported so far. Among these cases, a staggering 20 percent affect children under the age of 15. Tragically, this outbreak has resulted in over 500 dengue-related deaths.

Climate Change Compounding the Crisis

In a year marked by an increasing number of climate-driven disasters, climate change is also exacerbating the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue. This environmental challenge directly impacts the lives of both children and adults in Bangladesh.

Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh, expressed concern, saying, “Once again, children in Bangladesh are at the frontlines of climate change as the dengue crisis here escalates.”

Government Response and Community Engagement

The Government of Bangladesh is taking swift and effective measures to respond to the ongoing dengue situation. Prof. Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Director-General of the Directorate General of Health Services, emphasized the need for communities to take preventive actions, including eliminating mosquito breeding sites in their homes.

The government, in coordination with UNICEF, is providing critical support such as testing kits, medical supplies, mosquito nets, and collaborative efforts with city corporations and relevant bodies to eradicate breeding sites for disease-carrying vectors.

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