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Pneumonia: Deadly childhood disease

Nearly 1.7 million children under the age of five yeas died last year in WHO's South-East Asia Region, with pneumonia and diarrhea being among the major killers. The Region accounts for 27% of global deaths in this age group. These statistics are alarming and unfortunate as these deaths continue to occur despite availability of well-known evidence based interventions for prevention and treatment of diseases like pneumonia.  This is a warning that the Region is far from achieving the Millennium...

2 Sirajganj kids hurt in crude bomb blast

2 Sirajganj kids hurt in crude bomb blast

Two children were injured after a crude bomb they mistook for a toy exploded in Belkuchi upazila of Sirajgaj yesterday. The injured children were identified as Sizan, 5, son of Harun-or-Rashid, and Sabuj, 7, son of Rafiqul Islam of Chand Mituani village in the upazila. Anisur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Belkuchi Police Station, said Sizan and...

11 children killed in China bus crash

11 children killed in China bus crash

Eleven kindergarten children were killed when their packed bus crashed into a truck in eastern China, state media reported on Tuesday, in the latest of a series of accidents that have sparked anger over unsafe school transport. The collision took place around 8 a.m. when the truck collided with the minibus carrying 14 children...

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Photographing Your Children

Photographing Your Children

Children have been a favourite subject of photographers ever since the invention of photography. They make wonderful subjects because they pose in their natural state without becoming self-conscious of the camera and viewers respond well to them. Photographers all over the world take pictures of children: while on vacation, or journalism assignments, or...

Pneumonia Among Children

Awareness must for prevention

Awareness must for prevention

Lack of awareness prevents 63 percent of children suffering from pneumonia from accessing healthcare facilities leading to fatal consequences in many cases, health experts said at a roundtable yesterday. As pneumonia causes nearly 20,000 deaths of children under the age of five every year, preventing the disease through vaccination and awareness can save thousands...

A school for char kids heads for nowhere

A school for char kids heads for nowhere

Nodi O Jibon Junior High School, which was set up in Kaliganj upazila in 2008 to educate the char children in Teesta River basin, is now struggling for survival. Eight teachers have been teaching the students at the school since its opening, but they are not getting any salaries as the school was not...

Bangladesh promises better future for next generation: survey

Bangladesh promises better future for next generation: survey

The majority of the Bangladeshis are optimistic of their children's economic future thanks to the steady economic growth the country has seen, a recent study found.  Around 71 percent of the respondents in the survey conducted by the Washington-based “fact tank” Pew Research Centre said their children will be better off than them in future in Bangladesh. Zahid Hussain, lead economist at the World Bank's Dhaka office, said the results are not at all surprising as the country has done very well in poverty reduction and human development in the past three decades. “People are encouraged by these achievements.” Bangladesh's economy has been growing at a rate of 6 percent over the...

Children shun TV for tablets

Children shun TV for tablets

The number of children with television sets in their bedrooms has fallen sharply, research has found, while record numbers of youngsters are using tablet computers at home. Fewer than half of children have a television in their room, a fall of a third in five years, according to a study by Ofcom, the broadcasting...

Mother helpless to be helpful

Mother helpless to be helpful

The thought of keeping children with mental health problems chained, that also by none other than the mother herself, might seem ghastly. But the need to feed and keep her two children safe drove one Bogra widow to harden her heart, cast away her motherly yearnings and resort to this measure. Life has not been...

Siblings' Suicide

Frustration turns fatal

The Green Day number “Wake me up when September ends” was his favourite. He loved to sing this song to his mother with an acoustic guitar every now and then. "Summer has come and passed/the innocent can never last/ wake me up when September ends," Jayasree Zaman, mother of Alim, recalls the first three lines of the song. However, Muhammad bin Alim, the 14-year-old ninth-grader, will not wake up from his eternal sleep even after September ends. Alim and his 18-year-old sister...

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