Message from the Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, on World Cancer Day 2016

4 Feb 2016 | Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, with 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million deaths every year. Among these, about two thirds of global cancer cases and deaths are in low- and middle-income countries. In the South-East Asia Region alone, an estimated 1.2 million people died due to cancers in 2012. Worryingly, the world is expected to see a significant increase in cancer morbidity and mortality in years to come.

Thailand confirms MERS CoV in traveler, WHO cautions against continued risk of importation

New Delhi, 24 January 2016 –Thailand today confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) disease in a traveler, the second such case in the country in the last seven months, as WHO cautioned other member states in its South-East Asia Region against the continuing risks and the need to remain vigilant.

The Lunch Hour Walk for Wellness and Excellence

The WHO Representative in Bhutan, Dr. Ornella Lincetto, launched an initiative called ‘The Lunch Hour Walk for Wellness and Excellence’ to improve health and wellbeing of her staff, their productivity and focus at work, and to spread the message on the importance of physical activity. The initiative started with all staff members of WHO Country Office voluntarily pledging to walk for at least 30 minutes every Wednesday of the week and forming the Lunch Hour Walk for Wellness and Excellence Group.

World AIDS Day 2015

The world has committed to ending AIDS by 2030. This aspiration can turn into reality if by 2020, 90% of people with HIV know their status, of whom 90% are on treatment and 90% of those on treatment do so successfully to have no detectable virus in their blood. At present only 50% people living with HIV know their status. We have to act now or history will not be kind to us…