WHO in South-East Asia

Communicable Diseases Department (CDS)

Communicable diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases have been the scourge of millions in South-East Asia, home to a quarter of the world’s population. For decades, these diseases have taken innumerable lives and devastated societies as well as entire economies among the 11 member countries of the WHO’s South-East Asia Region.

Today, there is a paradigm shift underway as governments and international bodies undertake the ambitious task of ending these diseases once and for all by 2030. The target was set at the historic meeting in New York as part of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015.

Already, the fight back by governments, international agencies, civil society and communities has helped reduce the burden of these diseases significantly. Thanks to the political commitment of the governments and the dedicated work of thousands of health professionals, the tide has turned definitively against all the major communicable diseases in the Region.

Strategy and vision:

End in sight

End in sight: Accelerating the end of HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases in the South-East Asia Region


Communicable Diseases

Results and Evidence: HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria

Lancet - Thailand eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Lancet - New evidence of the tuberculosis burden in Asia demands national action

Lancet - Against the odds, Sri Lanka eliminates malaria

Research, innovation and strengthening laboratories

Establishment of PCR laboratory in developing countries, 2nd edition

Report of the Thirty-fourth Session of the WHO South-East Asia Advisory Committee on Health Research

Results: Neglected tropical diseases

Elimination of YAWS in India

Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in Maldives

Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in Sri Lanka

Leave no one behind


Prof. Dr Tjandra Yoga Aditama
Ag. Director
Department of Communicable Diseases (CDS)
Email: aditamat@who.int

Dr Lin Aung
Coordinator (CDS-Capacity, Policy & Advocacy)
Email: linaung@who.int

World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Red Fort Capital Parsvnath Tower 1
Bhai Vir Singh Marg
Gole Market
New Delhi 110 001
Telephone: +91-11-4304 0200, 0161

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