World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2016


This year, WHO is encouraging people to “Support mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere,” as all of society has a role to play in making our communities more breastfeeding-friendly.

This year’s theme for breastfeeding week, "Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development" ensures that the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding is emphasized in the era of sustainable development.

World Hepatitis Day 2016: Know hepatitis - Act now


On 28 July 2016, WHO observes the World Hepatitis Day and encourages countries to address viral hepatitis.

On World Hepatitis Day, WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to "Know hepatitis - Act now". The Organization urges everyone to inform themselves about the infection, take positive action to know their status by getting tested, and finally seek treatment to reduce needless deaths from this preventable and treatable infection.

Sri Lanka celebrates elimination of lymphatic filariasis

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World Health Organization presented a certificate to Sri Lanka for eliminating lymphatic filariasis at the event in Colombo on 21 July 2016.

Presenting a citation and plaque to the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicines, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, WHO Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh congratulated Sri Lanka on its wider health sector achievements. “Sri Lanka’s novel initiatives to improve access, quality, coverage and efficiency of the health systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage, is leading to massive gains for the health and wellbeing of all Sri Lankans.”

Maldives, first in SEAR to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

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World Health Organization today felicitated Maldives for having eliminated lymphatic filariasis. It is the first country in WHO South-East Asia Region and the second globally, after Cuba, to achieve this public health feat.

Maldives achieved elimination of lymphatic filariasis by initially focusing on vector control, identification of cases and patient treatment and later adopting mass drug administration to the entire at-risk population. For more than 200 chronically infected patients who require lifelong care, the government has developed a strong plan to provide morbidity management and disability prevention services that will help ease their suffering.

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