“Raise Taxes on Tobacco”

Bhutan observed the The World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on 31st May joining with the rest of the world highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. To Mark the event with theme of raising taxes on Tobacco the Bhutan Narcotics Control Agency in collaboration with Ministry of health and World Health Organisation Country office and The Royal Thimphu College organized the Health Run with the theme: run for health-say no to Tobacco and a cultural event at the clock tower which is located at the heart of the capital.

Bhutan has brought health and well-being to centre stage of development: WHO

23 April 2014, Paro, Bhutan: The World Health Organization is bringing together international public health experts, development agencies and academia to share experiences and identify quick wins for universal health coverage (UHC) at a Conference on Advancing Universal Health Coverage in South-East Asia in Paro today.

Bhutan has made significant progress in all three dimensions of UHC. A recent assessment completed by the Ministry of Health shows Bhutan’s health system provides over 75% coverage with the majority of the population having access to good-quality services, health workers, medicines and technologies, without causing them financial hardship.

‘Vector-borne Diseases’ Small Bite: Big Threat

The World Health Day (WHD) 2014, in Bhutan with special focus on Dengue Fever, was celebrated in Phuntsholing Dungkhag (sub-district) in the presence of the His Excellency, the hon’able Minister of Health, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, officials from the Ministry of Health, Dungkhag administration, municipality authorities, religious leaders, teachers and students in Phuntsholing town.

World TB Day Observation-2014

The World TB Day in Bhutan was observed in Gidakom Hospital under Thimphu Dzongkhag/District on 25 March 2014 on the theme “Reach the 3 million; A TB test, Treatment and Cure for all”. The event was graced by Hon’ble Health Secretary, Dasho Nima Wangdi and was attended by the acting country representative of WHO, Dr. Frank Herbert Paulin and the Director General of the Department of Public Health, Dr. DORJI wangchuk along with other key officials from the Ministry of Health. In showcasing our united solidarity and fight against TB, both the infected and affected communities in Gidakom Hospital also attended the event.

Recent Highlights

  • UNIC Newsletter March 2014 issue

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  • Research for universal health coverage

    At the launch of the "World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage", WHO calls on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation. With universal health coverage, countries can help ensure that citizens obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them.

  • Country implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes

    GENEVA¦ 30 July 2013 – Only 37 countries, or 19% of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the recommendations of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report published during World Breastfeeding Week. The week is celebrated in more than 170 countries from 1 to 7 August.

  • WHO warns against complacency in the fight against leprosy

    The fight against leprosy has made great progress in the past two decades but complacency may now be threatening the last push towards a world free of this debilitating disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on the opening day of the International Leprosy Summit.

    The three-day summit (24-26 July), being organized by WHO and the Nippon Foundation, brought health ministers from eight countries and global experts to discuss the current leprosy situation and strategies for further reducing the disease burden and realizing a leprosy-free world.

  • Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013

    WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013: Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is the fourth in a series of WHO reports that tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and the impact of interventions implemented to stop it.

  • Emerging Pathogen-Novel coronavirus (MERS-CoV) 2013

    WHO's Health Security and Environment (HSE) cluster responds to the need for new approaches in addressing complex and emerging threats to global public health security. Issues such as climate change, epidemic preparedness and response, animal and foodborne diseases, and natural and manmade disasters, have accentuated health vulnerability within a globalized and interconnected world.

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