Following a request for assistance from WHO and subsequent activation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), the United Kingdom offered a WHO-classified Emergency Medical Team (EMT) with approximately 40 personnel and medical equipment to be deployed to Bangladesh. A forward team will travel to Bangladesh on 23 December. The first part of the medical team will travel to Bangladesh on 28 December.
The international response also comprises an Australian EMT and Red Cross / Red Crescent teams from Japan, Iran and Malaysia.
A Diphtheria Response plan was adopted by the Government of Bangladesh on 20 December. It intends to establish sufficient capacity to accommodate 250 cases per day.
WHO is scaling up isolation and treatment capacity in strategic locations where the number of cases is expected to increase in the coming weeks.