Bangladesh National Newborn Health Program Newsletter: Volume 4, Issue 2, September 2019

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This is the 9th issue of the Bangladesh National Newborn Health Programme (NNHP) newsletter. The purpose of this quarterly bulletin is to provide regular updates on progress made by various initiatives led by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, development partners, professional associations and other stakeholders to improve the survival and wellbeing of newborns in the country.

Over the last four months, NNHP and the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) Programme worked more on the capacity development on newborn health interventions, facility readiness for key newborn interventions like KMC, SCANU and quality improvement by regular monitoring supervisory visits.

According to Professor Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the most vulnerable groups in the country are newborn and children: “Self-awareness can prevent most of the unwanted situation. Dengue generally causes mild disease, but it may become more severe in some instances. It mainly relies on early identification and suitable medical care to prevent the disease from becoming serious. Government took several initiatives to manage the situation. Disease control room at DGHS continuously monitoring the country situation.”

Featured content:

  • Status of National Newborn Health Program Intervention
  • Monitoring and Supervisory Visits by the Program Officials
  • Bangladesh Pediatric Association (BPA) Conference
  • Data Driven Decision Meeting and Performance Appraisal on Newborn Health Implementation
  • Dissemination of Results of Enhanced Management of Pneumonia in Community (EMPIC) Study
  • Observed International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day to Create Awareness on KMC
  • Workshop on Development of Strategic Plan for National Newborn Health Program (NNHP) Implementation 2019-2022
  • CNCP Training for Rohingya
  • New Research: Community Health Workers and In-home Led Phototherapy to Dramatically Reduce Brain Damage from Neonatal Jaundice
  • Intercountry Consultation for Strengthening Management of Pneumonia and Neonatal Sepsis for Accelerating Reduction in Child Mortality
  • Early Detection and Prevention of Avoidable Childhood Blindness by Incorporation of Child Eye Care within IMCI Services
  • Follow-up of Kangaroo Mother Care to Manage Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies


The bulletin focus primarily on evidence-based interventions prioritized by the Government of Bangladesh for accelerating the reduction of newborn deaths of the country. The content of this bulletin was prepared by the Newborn and Child Health Cell, under the leadership of NNH & IMCI unit DGHS and supported by MaMoni-MNCSP funded by USAID.

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