Growing antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted infections

30 August 2016 | WHO is calling on countries to start using the updated guidelines immediately, as recommended in the Global Health Sector Strategy for STIs (2016-2021) endorsed by governments at the World Health Assembly in May 2016. The new guidelines are also in line with the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, adopted by governments at the World Health Assembly in May 2015.

When used correctly and consistently, condoms are one of the most effective methods of protection against STIs.

Asia-Pacific Workshop on surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic influenza

29 Aug 2016 | A three day International Asia-Pacific Workshop on surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic influenza was inaugurated today in Paro, Bhutan, by His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji, Minister of Agriculture and Forests and Dr Ornella Lincetto, WHO representative to Bhutan. The workshop is being organized by the World Health Organization South East Asia Regional Office, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. A total of sixty nine participants from thirteen countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam) are attending the workshop.

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.

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