Bangladesh performs poorly in SDG health parameters

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-23
Published : 23 Sep 2016, 23:14:40 | Updated : 23 Sep 2016, 23:18:50

Bangladesh performs poorly in SDG health parameters

First-ever global survey released
Bangladesh performs poorly in SDG health parameters
FE Report
Bangladesh has been ranked 151st in a list of 188 countries in the first-ever global survey of health parameters of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The country has performed poorly in hygiene, access to safe water and urban air quality, the survey showed.  

While Bangladesh has scored only 5 out of 100 for hygiene, it has secured 13 each for access to safe water and urban air quality, according to the global ranking.  

The findings of the survey were revealed during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday while these were also posted in the website of UK-based medical journal Lancet. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded the study.

The global survey provides an analysis of 33 health-related SDG indicators based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study of 2015.

Bangladesh has also performed badly in the field of maternal mortality, neonatal mortality, malaria prevention, adolescence birth rate, air pollution- related mortality, smoking-related diseases, and occupational risk burdens.

Even war-torn countries like Iraq and Syria as well as highly impoverished countries like Haiti, Swaziland and Zimbabwe have been ranked well above Bangladesh in the study.

The country, however, has performed well in the indicators that measure prevalence of overweight people, level of alcohol consumption and the number of war-related deaths.   

It has also performed moderately well in tackling neglected tropical diseases, family planning and poisons.  

Among the South Asian countries, only Afghanistan has been ranked lower than Bangladesh, the report showed.

India has been ranked 143rd in the list while Pakistan has topped Bangladesh by only two places to take the 149th position.  

Bangladesh has fared better than its neighbour India in tackling issues like under-5 mortality, neonatal mortality, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, disaster, stunting, suicide, alcohol, poisons and violence.

The country is, however, lagging behind India in terms of addressing skilled birth attendance, hepatitis B, neglected tropical diseases, family planning needs, adolescence birth rate, smoking, intimate partner violence, water, sanitation, hygiene, household air pollution, occupational risk burden and urban air pollution.     

Iceland topped the countries surveyed in the study followed by Singapore and Sweden while Central African Republic came at the bottom of all. The United States has come to 28th place in the ranking.

"Our analysis not only highlights the importance of income, education, and fertility as drivers of health improvement but also emphasises that investments in these areas alone will not be sufficient", the report said.

"Although considerable progress on the health-related MDG indicators has been made, these gains will need to be sustained and, in many cases, accelerated to achieve the ambitious SDG targets", it added.

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