Training workshop on malaria elimination

A training workshop on malaria elimination in Bhutan is being organized by the WHO Country Office with support from Global Malaria Program (GMP) and SEARO and in collaboration with MOH from June 27 to July 2, 2016. The training course aims to equip the participants with knowledge and skills that will enable them to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the program for malaria elimination and prevention of re-establishment of malaria transmission. The participants are key staff at various levels of the health system in Bhutan and from malaria endemic districts. It is part of WHO’s plan to create a critical mass of key health staff who will substantially contribute in eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030 and prevent re-establishment of transmission in malaria-free countries.

Thailand is first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

Thailand received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation.

Thailand’s pioneering success and leadership demonstrates how countries can make real change when good policy is followed up with high-level commitment.

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

Tobacco use continues to be a major public health issue across the WHO South-East Asia Region with nearly 246 million people in the Region’s 11 countries continuing to smoke tobacco and just below 290 million using it in smokeless forms.

On the World No Tobacco Day this year, WHO is calling on countries to adopt plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products.

Plain packaging of tobacco products is an important demand reduction measure.

Global Road Safety Week- 2016

Bhutan began observing the 2016 Global Road Safety Week with the theme “Being responsible on the road”, at Changangkha Middle Secondary School, Thimphu, on 2nd May to coincide with commemoration of birth anniversary of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo and the Teacher’s Day. The Mayor (Thrompoen) of Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu, who graced the occasion as the chief guest, launched the brochure on Road Safety Tips which will be distributed across the country.

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