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Accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer: WHO

World Health Organization urged countries in its South-East Asia Region to accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030.

“Countries need to expand vaccination, screening, detection and treatment services for everyone, everywhere to address the growing problem of cervical cancer,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, at the Seventy Second Session of WHO Regional Committee here in Delhi.

WHO South-East Asia Region sets 2023 target to eliminate measles, rubella

Member Countries of WHO South-East Asia Region resolved to eliminate measles and rubella by 2023, to prevent deaths and disabilities caused by these highly infectious childhood killers diseases.

“The new target to eliminate both the diseases will leverage the existing momentum and strong political commitment which is being demonstrated through unprecedented efforts, progress and successes in recent years,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, as a resolution to eliminate the two diseases was adopted at the Seventy Second Session of WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia here in New Delhi.

Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region pledge to strengthen Emergency Preparedness

Prone to multiple hazards, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region have pledged to strengthen emergency preparedness capacities by scaling up risk assessment, increasing investments, and enhancing implementation of multi-sectoral plans.

Six WHO South-East Asia countries felicitated for public health achievements

Ministers of Health of six Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region were today felicitated for public health achievements in recent months such as measles elimination, hepatitis B control, and elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis.

Health Ministers meet to address priority health issues, advance health across WHO South-East Asia Region

Health Ministers and experts from Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region began a week-long meeting in New Delhi today to deliberate on priority public health issues and further build on the momentum of disease eliminations and progress achieved in recent years.

Regional Committee Session of WHO SEAR next week

​Health Ministers of member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region are meeting in New Delhi from 2 to 6 September to discuss ways of addressing health impact of climate change, the high burden of tuberculosis and strengthening capacities for emergency risk management. Elimination of measles, a childhood killer disease; cervical cancer and other non-communicable diseases; and strengthening health services and workforce for universal health coverage are other key issues that will be taken up.

Thailand becomes first in SEAR with WHO classified emergency medical team


​Thailand became the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to get WHO classification for its emergency medical team (EMT). This classification makes Thailand EMT the 26th team in the international roster of WHO classified, internationally deployable medical teams.

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand achieve Hepatitis B control

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand have become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, with prevalence of the deadly disease dropping to less than one per cent among five-year-old children.

All four countries have consistently recorded over 90% coverage with Hepatitis B vaccine doses provided during infancy for past many years. Studies conducted among five-year old children corroborated the high immunization rates, and that Hepatitis B prevalence in these four countries among children was less than one per cent.

Maldives eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis

WHO SEARO/ Shamila Sharma

Maldives has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, joining first few countries in the world to ensure a generation free of these deadly diseases.

Maldives is the second country in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve this feat, after Thailand. Globally, congenital syphilis is the second leading cause of preventable still births while mother-to-child transmission of HIV accounts for 9% new infections.

Sri Lanka eliminates measles

Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, interrupting transmission of the indigenous virus that causes the killer childhood disease.

Sri Lanka is the fourth country in WHO South-East Asia Region, after Bhutan, Maldives and Timor-Leste, to eliminate measles and control rubella, a flagship priority programme of WHO in the Region, ahead of the 2020 regional target.

World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on 14 June.

The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

Global Meeting of Emergency Medical Teams

WHO is hosting a global meeting of Emergency Medical Teams in Bangkok on June 12-14. Nearly 400 participants from more than 200 different teams and agencies, representing more than 90 countries and areas, who actively respond to outbreaks, natural disasters, conflict, and complex emergencies both within their countries and internationally, are participating in the meeting.

Call for Focused Action & Policy Interventions to Control Tobacco Use in WHO South-East Asia Region

Use of tobacco in all its forms is responsible for killing over 1.6 million people every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Over 246 million people smoke tobacco and nearly 290 million consume it in its smoke-less forms, causing major health challenges for countries and communities of the region.

Taking note of these alarming indicators on the eve of the “World No Tobacco Day”, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said the need of the hour is focused action plans and speedy roll-out of evidence-based policy interventions to control the menace of tobacco use.

Indian Professor, Myanmar Ministry felicitated at WHA

WHO and Ministry of Health and Sports Myanmar

Geneva, 24 May - Professor Balram Bhargava from India and the Health Promotion Unit of the Department of Public Health Myanmar, were today felicitated at the World Health Assembly with the Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health.

While Professor Bhargava was recognized for his accomplishments as a clinician, innovator, researcher and trainer; Myanmar was awarded for its mobile health clinic model which is contributing to improving access to health and delivering health services to far-to-reach areas.

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Nepal responding to human case of Influenza A (H5N1)

WHO/Jonathan Perugia

Nepal has launched a rapid response to its first human case of Influenza A (H5N1) or avian influenza.

A close watch and monitoring is being maintained. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Population and supporting epidemiological investigation, risk assessment and implementation of measures to prevent and control further spread. No new case has been reported since the lone human case of Influenza A (H5N1) came to the attention of the health authorities on 25th March 2019.