Nepal validated for having eliminated trachoma

The World Health Organization has validated Nepal for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem – a milestone, as the country becomes the first in the Region to defeat the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.

Second cholera vaccination campaign

A massive cholera vaccination campaign began on 6 May 2018 to protect nearly one million Rohingyas and their host communities living in and around the refugee camps in Bangladesh, to prevent any potential outbreak during the ongoing monsoon season.

This is a second cholera vaccination campaign being held for the Rohingyas and their host communities.

Fast-track efforts to eliminate rabies

The World Health Organization calls upon Member States and partners to accelerate efforts to end rabies which causes 59 000 agonizing and painful deaths globally every year, one person every nine minute, mostly children and the poor.

The Region accounts for nearly 26 000 rabies deaths, 45% of the global rabies toll, as over 1.5 million people in the Region remain at risk of rabies.

Air pollution

The World Health Organization calls upon Member countries in its South-East Asia Region to aggressively address the double burden of household and ambient air pollution.

The Region accounts for 34% or 2.4 million of the 7 million premature deaths caused by household and ambient air pollution together globally every year.

World Malaria Day

1.4 million confirmed cases of malaria were reported in the Region in 2016. Between 2010 and 2015, malaria cases dropped by an estimated 54% and the mortality rate by 46%. In 2015 and 2016 respectively, the Maldives and Sri Lanka were certified as malaria-free.

Despite successes, enhancing prevention using effective vector control tools and closing the gaps in coverage is critical to ending malaria for good. World Malaria Day is marked every year on April 25.

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World Health Day 2018:
Universal Health Coverage

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of WHO.

The World Health Day this year focuses on
‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’.

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Polio-free certification of the WHO South-East Asia Region

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