World AIDS Day 2014 - "Close the Gap"

The World AIDS Day 2014 was observed in Gelephu Dungkhag under Sarpang District (Southern district bordering Indian state of Assam). Hundreds of residents, business people and students gathered to commemorate the day. Hon’ble Health Minister H.E Tandin Wangchuk graced the occasion and committed his continued effort to fight HIV/AIDS in Bhutan until it no longer poses public health concern in Bhutan.

Regional Director's visit to Bhutan

The WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Region, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been in Bhutan for a five day official visit. During her stay here in Bhutan she received an audience with His Majesty the King of Bhutan. She also met the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and discussed priority health issues like Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), making Thimphu healthy city, newborn health and nutrition.

World Prematurity Day: - “Tiny Socks, Big Dreams”

17 November is World Prematurity Day and BHUTAN will join partners, organizations, associations, societies, professionals, private sector organizations and millions of people around the world to raise awareness for prematurity and bring attention to the 15 million babies born too soon every year. World Prematurity Day will be a key moment to generate global attention on the leading cause of deaths of children under 5.

Dr. Oleg Chestnov, ADG, WHO/HQ, visits Bhutan

Dr. Oleg Chestnov, Asst. Director General, NMH, WHO/HQ was here in Bhutan on an official visit from 12-15 November 2014. During his visit he received an audience with the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang. Lyonchhen and Dr. Chestnov discussed on promoting healthy lifestyles, creating awareness on the importance of physical exercise and educating people on the dire consequences of NCDs.

Recent Highlights

  • Flyer on Regional Director's vision and flagship priorities

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  • DIPECHO Annual Report

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  • UNIC Newsletter March 2014 issue

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  • Research for universal health coverage

    At the launch of the "World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage", WHO calls on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation. With universal health coverage, countries can help ensure that citizens obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them.

  • Country implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes

    GENEVA¦ 30 July 2013 – Only 37 countries, or 19% of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the recommendations of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report published during World Breastfeeding Week. The week is celebrated in more than 170 countries from 1 to 7 August.

  • WHO warns against complacency in the fight against leprosy

    The fight against leprosy has made great progress in the past two decades but complacency may now be threatening the last push towards a world free of this debilitating disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on the opening day of the International Leprosy Summit.

    The three-day summit (24-26 July), being organized by WHO and the Nippon Foundation, brought health ministers from eight countries and global experts to discuss the current leprosy situation and strategies for further reducing the disease burden and realizing a leprosy-free world.

  • Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013

    WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013: Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is the fourth in a series of WHO reports that tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and the impact of interventions implemented to stop it.

  • Emerging Pathogen-Novel coronavirus (MERS-CoV) 2013

    WHO's Health Security and Environment (HSE) cluster responds to the need for new approaches in addressing complex and emerging threats to global public health security. Issues such as climate change, epidemic preparedness and response, animal and foodborne diseases, and natural and manmade disasters, have accentuated health vulnerability within a globalized and interconnected world.

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