Tahtheera Sultana of DOT
 Bangladesh’s achievements in improving child health in 50 years are important. The infant mortality rate in the country has decreased significantly. At the time of independence, the infant mortality rate was 141, now it is 21. In other words, the infant mortality rate decreased by 85 percent.  Discussions, debates and researches are going on about the socio-economic progress of the people of Bangladesh as a result of independence. The progress of the health sector is not beyond that discussion, debate, research; rather it is in the center, reports Prothom Alo.  Professor Mohammad Sahidullah, a pediatrician and president of the Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) in Bangladesh, told Prothom Alo that the main emphasis at the time of independence was on the health and treatment of adults. At that time many children died of measles, pneumonia, tetanus and diphtheria. As a result of the expanded immunization program, deaths from these diseases continue to decrease.
Many children would die of diarrhea. Extensive use of saline reduces death in diarrhea. Malnutrition was also a cause of infant mortality. Nutrition programs improve the situation.