Updated on 12 February 2015
Several NGOs and government have actively participated in evolving and stepping up the healthcare infrastructure of the country
Singapore: Dr Margaret Chan, director general, WHO, has praised Bangladesh for its excellent performance in evolving a pluralistic healthcare system in the country. She said that the country had made tremendous strides in different health indicators like survival of under-five, immunization, and tuberculosis control, according to a foreign ministry release.
Dr Chan further added that Bangladesh's healthcare system has successfully addressed the first generation of poverty-linked infections, and nutrition and maternity related diseases. Several NGOs and government have actively participated in evolving and stepping up the healthcare infrastructure of the country.
"The Bangladesh health system has been shaped to address the first generation of poverty-linked infections, and nutritional and maternity-related diseases," said the Lancet, a medical journal. "But given the epidemiological transition, the health system will have to be adjusted to grapple with chronic non-communicable diseases. For the fragile and evolving Bangladesh health system, the global attention on universal health coverage has not translated into substantive action."
A meeting is being held with representatives from over 15 selected countries, including health ministers of Bangladesh, Brunei, Finland, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, and high officials from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, on the theme "Universal Health Coverage - the post-2015 challenges". The meeting, inaugurated by Singapore Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong, also includes a panel session on infrastructure, manpower and financing for UHC, social determinants of UHC, challenges for ageing and fiscal sustainability, and non-communicable diseases and UHC.