National Consultation and National Salt Reduction Strategy Development Workshop, Paro, Bhutan 15-18 August, 2016.

19 August, 2016 - A four-day national multisectoral consultation was held in Paro, Bhutan, from 15-18 August, 2016 to develop the National Salt Reduction Strategy.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute 70% of disease burden in Bhutan and contribute to 56% of total deaths and 21% of premature mortality. Cardiovascular disease is one of the major NCDs in Bhutan. The 2014 National NCDs Risk Factors survey found 36% of Bhutanese population with raised blood pressure - one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. The survey also found that Bhutanese consume more than twice the daily recommended level of dietary salt (>9gm). High salt intake increases the risk of many health complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. WHO recommends a daily allowance of less than 5 grams per day.

Regional workshop for strengthening capacity and internal quality assurance for the SEAR measles and rubella laboratory network, Thimphu, Bhutan 15-20 August 2016

The six day Regional Workshop for strengthening capacity and internal quality assurance for the SEAR measles and rubella laboratory network, organized and supported by WHO SEARO began today at Hotel Ariya, Thimphu. The workshop was inaugurated by Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Health Minister.

The regional workshop, attended by about 60 participants from the South East Region Member states, is organized to strengthen internal quality and capacity of laboratory network and to support case-based surveillance for measles and rubella in SEAR in line with global verification standard.

World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2016

This year, WHO is encouraging people to “Support mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere,” as all of society has a role to play in making our communities more breastfeeding-friendly.

This year’s theme for breastfeeding week, "Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development" ensures that the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding is emphasized in the era of sustainable development.

World Hepatitis Day 2016: Know hepatitis - Act now

WHO observes the World Hepatitis Day and encourages countries to address viral hepatitis.

On World Hepatitis Day, WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to "Know hepatitis - Act now". The Organization urges everyone to inform themselves about the infection, take positive action to know their status by getting tested, and finally seek treatment to reduce needless deaths from this preventable and treatable infection

World Hepatitis was observed in Thimphu and was graced by Hon'ble Health Minister. Hepatitis was recognized that it is emerging as a major health problem in the country due to the increasing trend of viral hepatitis every year, majorly the hepatitis B.

Up-coming Events

1. Workshop for health System in Transition (HiT) Review - 24-28 August 2016, Paro,Bhutan.

2. Asia Pacific workshop on surveillance, prevention and control of Zoonotic Influenza Paro, Bhutan - 29-31 August 2016

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