Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh takes charge as Regional Director
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh takes charge as WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Region from 1 February 2014. She was elected by the 11 Member States of the Region in September 2013 and subsequently appointed by the WHO Executive Board at its 134th session in January 2014. Dr Khetrapal Singh is an Indian national and the first woman to hold this post.
Official launch of the World Health Organization’s MiNDbank online platform
WHO MiNDbank is a product of the QualityRights Project, WHO’s flagship campaign to improve care and end human rights violations against people with mental and psychosocial disabilities. WHO MiNDbank brings together key policies, strategies, laws and service standards for mental health, substance abuse, general health, disability, human rights and development.
The access to WHO MiNDbank is http://www.who.int/mental_health/mindbank
His Majesty the King awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) to Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang, the Regional Director, WHO South East Asia Region, on December 3, 2013, in recognition of his contributions over three decades towards improving health services in Bhutan. The Award ceremony was held at the Tashichhodzong during a two-day visit of the Regional Director to Bhutan to mark the end of his ten-year tenure as the Regional Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region..
His Excellency the Prime Minister of Bhutan and four Ministers from the Cabinet, staff of the Ministry of Health and the Bhutan Health Trust Fund undertook a one and a half day walk to promote the theme “Move for Health”. The walk ended at the town square in Thimphu in the afternoon of Sunday, 20 October 2013.
- Move for Health 2013
- Bhutan observes 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day 2013
- Bhutan observes World No Tobacco day 2013
- Bhutan’s National Health Promotion Plan in the making: (13-15 May 2013)
- Bhutan observes the 2nd UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2013)
- Third Meeting of the Regional Advisory Committee on MDR – TB (rGLC SEAR)
- Invest in the future, defeat malaria
- Bhutan observes World Health Day 2013
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.