Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

18 May 2015 - The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly is taking place in Geneva from 18–26 May 2015. Officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future. A delegation led by Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Health Minister of Bhutan is attending the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly.

Third UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 4-10 May 2015

Around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and rates of road traffic death are three times higher in developing countries than in developed countries. The Third UN Global Road Safety Week - #SaveKidsLives - seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads and generate action to better ensure their safety. The Week features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, and private companies, including the delivery of the “Child Declaration for Road Safety” to policy-makers. These events highlight WHO’s package of ten key strategies for keeping children safe on the road.

Invest in Future; Defeat Malaria

The World Malaria Day in Bhutan was observed on 25th April 2015 on the theme “Invest in Future; Defeat Malaria” in Samtse Dzongkhag. The day was observed jointly with the District administration of Samtse attended by the district officials, representatives of the malaria program at national and district levels, the Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, and the students. As the gesture of WHO’s contributions to the Malaria Control Programme in Bhutan and its continuing commitment to support the elimination process, the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Ornella Lincetto graced the occasion.

World Health Day - Food Safety

The day was observed in Phuentsholing Town as it serves as a gateway to the country and a commercial hub for Bhutan. The Ministry of Health, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority and the people mostly hotelier and fast food vendors came together to mark the event.

Unsafe food and water is linked to the deaths of over 2 million people annually – including 700 000 children in WHO's South-East Asia Region.