70th Session of the World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the highest decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is attended by delegations from all 194 WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The 70th World Health Assembly is being held in Geneva, Switzerland from 22 – 31 May 2017.

WHO Hands over Two Medical Camp Kits to Ministry of Health

On Wednesday 12 April 2017, Dr Rui Paulo de Jesus, WHO Representative a.i., handed over two Medical Camp Kits (MCKs) to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Ugen Dophu, in a ceremony at the Ministry of Health in Thimphu.

The two MCKs supplement one MCK that was already handed over in November 2016. The three MCKs are to be stationed one each at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu; the Central Regional Referral Hospital (CRRH) in Gelephu and the Eastern Regional Referral Hospital (ERRH) in Mongar.

Bhutan Celebrates the World Health Day 2017- Depression: Let’s Talk

Bhutan joined the global community on 7th April 2017 to raise awareness on Depression – a preventable condition which is becoming a growing public health concern in Bhutan and Globally. More than 300 million people are estimated to be affected by depression worldwide. Although depression affects people of all ages and from all walks of life, adolescents and youth are among the disproportionately affected groups. Therefore, the main event was observed at Yangchenphu Higher Secondary School in Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu, to highlight vulnerability of young people to depression.

120 Health Workers Coached on Early Essential Newborn Care

Around 120 health workers, including doctors, nurses and health assistants, from all 20 districts in Bhutan have been coached in Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC). The Early Essential Newborn Care coaching is a hands-on, evidence-based protocol to essential newborn care, focusing on the first hours and days of life. The coachings have taken place in four batches, in Thimphu, Mongar and Gelephu in February and March of 2017. Bhutan is the first country in the region to make use of the EENC methodology. The sessions were organized by the Ministry of Health, with technical and financial support from WHO and UNICEF.