‘Call for Action’ to accelerating efforts against neglected tropical diseases
Adopting a ‘Call for Action’ at a high-level ministerial meeting in Jakarta (25 - 27 April 2017), Member countries pledged according highest priority to accelerating efforts to eradicate, eliminate and control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Though there has been progress, WHO South-East Asia continues to bear the second highest burden of NTDs among six regions of WHO. The Jakarta Call for Action, could be an important turning point in further accelerating efforts against NTDs.
World Malaria Day 2017
1.5 million confirmed cases of malaria were reported in the Region in 2015. 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 our 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.
World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2017
Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year.
World Immunization Week aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life.
WHO South-East Asia countries pledge inclusive approaches for autism
Following the three-day International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder held in Bhutan, WHO South-East Asia countries adopted the ‘Thimphu Declaration’ on Autism.
The Declaration emphasizes the need for a whole-of–society and whole-of-government approach to integrate the needs of individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders as well as their families into national health and socioeconomic development plans.
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