Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh appointed Regional Director WHO South-East Asia for second term

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.

Health partners responding to chicken pox outbreak in Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 15 January 2019 – Responding to an outbreak of chicken pox in the Rohingya refugee camps, health sector partners led by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization have stepped up surveillance and initiated measures to curtail further spread of the disease and prevent any complications. “Clinicians and health workforce are being trained for identifying chicken pox cases early, and efforts are on to promote preventive measures. Surveillance has been further beefed up in the Rohingya camps,” said Dr Bardan Jung Rana WHO Representative to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh adopts multisectoral action plan for noncommunicable disease control and prevention

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.

Global status report on road safety 2018

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.

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