Health dimension would be incorporated into NAP to address Noncommunicable Diseases

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury announced that the health dimension would be incorporated into one of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) strategies to address environment-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as Dengue, Chikungunya,  malaria,  miscarriages, and premature childbirth, respiratory diseases, Cardiovascular diseases, Neurological disorders, Kidney diseases etc. Minister Chowdhury also highlighted the nexus between  health and climate change.

Environment Minister said this in his speech as the chief guest in NIHR Global Health Research Centres Symposium organized by icddr,b on Non-Communicable Diseases and Environmental Change held at the Westin, Dhaka on Monday evening.

The Minister said Climate change poses a severe threat, impacting our health and causing Non-Communicable Diseases. Environmental changes, particularly water salinity impact health, contributing to Non- Communicable Diseases. focus on environmental change-related NCDs, such as water salinity in coastal areas is crucial. Bangladesh wants to be a global partner in research. Country specific action research is required. Despite accessing various funds, our needs far exceed available resources.

Environment minister said projects ensuring safe drinking water in saline-prone coastal zones and a comprehensive delta plan for sustainable growth are underway. Afforestation along the coast aims to protect lives during natural disasters. Minister also mentioned his ministry’s 100-day program for a healthier Bangladesh. He said effective initiatives have been taken including combating air pollution, addressing illegal brick kilns, tackling plastic pollution, and promoting environmental education.

Matt Cannell, Acting High Commissioner, British High Commission, Dhaka; Professor Kara Hanson, Dean of Faculty, Public Health and Policy, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Director of the Global Health Research Programme, National Institute of Health and Care Research; Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, Executive Director, icddr,b; Dr Aliya Naheed, Scientist, Nutrition Research Division, icddr,b.

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