ORS/Zinc status – Bangladesh

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Population: 164.7m (2020)
Area: 148,460 sqkm

Diarrhoea deaths: 1,735 (2019)

ORS coverage: 72% (2019)

ORS + Zinc coverage: 35% (2019)

National Drug Policy (Bangladesh’s National Essential Medicines List):

ORS+Zinc in National Clinical Guidelines
ORS included in the National Essential Medicines List
Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List
Co-packaged ORS & Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List (as of Feb-2022)

✅ Zinc available “over the counter”
✅ Any retailer can sell Zinc (no licence required)

Outlets for Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
❌ Supermarkets
✅ General retail outlets
✅ Community Health Workers
❌ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
❌ Child Health Days/Special Campaigns
❌ Other

❌ Co-packaged ORS and Zinc available
✅ Discussions underway about introducing co-packaged ORS and Zinc

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc brands (may not be exhaustive)

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc manufacturers (may not be exhaustive)
Renata Ltd (supplies co-packs to UNICEF) [needs verification]

Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PUBLIC sector

Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PRIVATE sector

✅ Diarrhoea programmes currently on-going

Name Organisation Funder Diarrhoea specific? Target area
IMCI Government WHO & UNICEF No Hospital-based
SUZY icddr,b, MoH & FW BMGF Yes Nationwide`
Essential Health Programme BRAC BRAC, GAC, USAID No 61 districts out of 64

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Making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the "go to" treatment for childhood diarrhoea