WHO sets up advisory group to guide post-quake recovery support in Nepal

The World Health Organization has set up an advisory group to guide its support to earthquake-hit Nepal for rebuilding resilient health systems.

Comprising of academicians, policy makers, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists and other experts, the advisory group will guide WHO on strategic approaches to ensure that the needs of the affected people are met. The first meeting of the advisory group was held in New Delhi on 31 July 2015.

Target P vivax malaria, strengthen control and elimination strategy

Malaria control and elimination efforts need to focus on P. vivax malaria, believed to be less fatal, but now contributing to a large proportion of global malaria burden, mainly in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

More than a third of the world’s population, mostly in Asia and Latin America, is at risk of P. vivax malaria.

Prevent hepatitis, act now

Viral hepatitis kills 4 000 people every day. An estimated 1.5 million people die due to hepatitis every year, which includes deaths by liver cancer and cirrhosis. Nearly one third of the global hepatitis deaths occur in the WHO South-East Asia Region. The World Hepatitis Day this year focuses on urgent action to prevent hepatitis.

Timor-Leste launches campaign to protect 500 000 children against Measles, Rubella and Polio

H.E. Prime Minster of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araújo and H.E. Minister of Health, Dr Maria do Céu Sarmento Pina da Costa launched a National Measles, Rubella and Polio Immunization Campaign on July 13th 2015, supported by Measles and Rubella Initiative, WHO, UNICEF and global immunization partners. This campaign targets 500 000 children throughout the country.

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