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The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". We wish you always free from health hazards like illness, injury or pain. Search here for any topic or information related to health.

Health is regarded as an important index of human development throughout the world. The Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh confirms by stating that "Health is the basic right of every citizen of the Republic". Bangladesh is committed to attain the millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015 and has been pursuing various programs to bring the MDGs into reality.

Health system of Bangladesh is dominated by the public sector and the private sector and is run by local entrepreneurs, different NGOs and international organizations. In public sector, The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is the leading organization for policy formulating, planning and decision. Under the ministry four Directorates e.g. Directorate General of Health Services, Directorate General of Family Planning, Directorate of Nursing Services and Directorate General of Drug Administration are providing health services to the citizens.

Since independence, Bangladesh has made noteworthy progress regarding health. The government has been trying to ensure provision of basic services to the entire population, especially to the under-served population in rural areas. Within the overall development policy framework of the Government of Bangladesh, the goal of the health, nutrition and population (HNP) sector is to achieve sustainable improvement in health, nutrition and reproductive health, including family planning.

Non Government Organizations (NGOs) are playing a significant role to improve the health services in both rural and urban area of Bangladesh. Their services have mainly been in the areas of family planning and MCH. Recently, NGOs have extended their range of services and are now the major providers of urban primary care.

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