Geneva, 26 January 2019 - Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh was today appointed Regional Director for a second term beginning 1 February 2019.
The 34-member Executive Board of WHO endorsed Dr Khetrapal Singh, who was unanimously nominated by 11 Member countries of the Region for another five years.
WHO supported Government of Bangladesh to adopt multisectoral action plan for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, a strategy spanning from 2018 to 2025 and involving nearly 30 ministries and agencies.
The national multisectoral action plan sets priorities for main stakeholders, being built in accordance with key programming documents such as the 7th Five Year Plan and the 4th Health, Nutrition and Population Strategic Investment Plan (HNPSIP) of the Government of Bangladesh.
The Global status report on road safety 2018, launched by WHO in December 2018, highlights that the number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries.