International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2015

The International Day of Older Persons is observed every year on 1 October. The purpose of observing this day is to appreciate the contribution of older persons to the socioeconomic development of society. It is also aimed at raising awareness on the need to ensure that people grow old with dignity and continue to participate in society as citizens with full rights. The theme this year is: “Sustainability and age inclusiveness in the urban environment”, focusing on the impact older people have on the new urban environment as well as the effect it has on them.

World Heart Day - 2015

29 September 2015 – Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including heart disease and stroke, are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.

In Bhutan , CVDs cause an estimated 28% of all deaths for all age groups. One third of these deaths is premature and can be prevented by through simple interventions such practicing regular physical activity, avoiding alcohol, tobacco and doma, consuming a healthy diet with low salt intake, and managing stress.

For World Heart Day, 29 September 2015, Bhutan feature story shows how WHO “Package of essential NCDs interventions for primary health care in low- resource settings” helps prevent CVDs.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

In commemoration of the International Suicide Prevention Day with the theme " Preventing suicide - reaching out and saving lives" Bhutan encourages all to make a collective efforts to reach out to those in need of support. The WHO Representative to Bhutan highlighted that the suicide rates are highest among the young people in Bhutan and globally suicide is the second leading cause of death in people 15-29 year old. WHO has been working at global and regional level to make suicide a public health priority, and to support member states to put in place strategies and interventions to prevent suicide and suicide attempts.

The Secretary of Health and key stakeholders involved in the development of the National Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2015-18 attend the event.

Former Bhutan Health Minister get WHO public health award

The former Bhutan Health Minister, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup received the WHO's Excellence in Public Health award on 9 September 2015 from the World Health Organization South-East Asia Region in Dili, Timor Leste.

"The award is an appreciation and acknowledgement of their significant contributions to health care services," Regional Director WHO South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said at an event on the sidelines of the WHO Regional Committee meeting taking place in Dili.