WHO in South-East Asia

Family Health Gender and Life Course (FGL)


Family Health Gender and Life Course (FGL) focuses on the health and development of individuals and families today and for future generations. Our units are united by a focus on people and address key stages of the life-course.

FGL works to enhance health and development by supporting countries and partners to identify, develop, implement and evaluate approaches and interventions that foster healthy development across the life-course.

Statement by Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

“We need to take action on the ground, at the country level where the women will benefit from our work. Too many women still die during childbirth or soon after and actually we know the solutions, we know what to do. It is just a matter of getting it done.”

Statement by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, South-East Asia at the Regional meeting on “2015 and beyond: the unfinished agenda of MDGs 4 and 5 in South-East Asia” 29 April-1 May 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

"Now is the time to act, since the realization is clear that “more of the same” may not work as we reach lower levels of maternal and child mortality. We urgently need to expand the coverage of evidence-based life-saving interventions with quality and equity. We should be ready to learn from successful experiences in neighbouring countries and beyond to ensure that what we do is appropriate, efficient and cost-effective. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia has launched a Flagship to support expansion of effective interventions with quality services in an efficient manner to achieve a higher annual rate of reduction of maternal, newborn and child mortality."

Dr Neena Raina
Director, a.i.
Department of Family Health, Gender and Life Course
South-East Asia Regional Office of WHO
I.P. Estate, M.G. Marg
New Delhi 110 002
Tel: 91-11-43040315 (GPN: 26315)