330,000 Rohingyas and host community to get cholera vaccine

Nearly 330,000 Rohingyas and host population will be vaccinated against cholera in a month-long campaign beginning 17 November 2018, in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and its nearby areas. This campaign, being held to protect the vulnerable population against the deadly disease amidst increased risk of flooding in the ongoing cyclone season, is the fourth such initiative, as nearly 2.2 million doses of oral cholera vaccines have been dispensed here through three massive vaccination campaigns since November 2017.

World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day 2018, WHO joins partners around the world to highlight the impact diabetes has on families and the role of family members in supporting prevention, early diagnosis and good management of diabetes.
The campaign promotes universal health coverage for affordable and equitable access to diabetes management, including improving the knowledge and capacities of people with diabetes and their families to take charge of their own care, to reduce economic hardship in households.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of AMR, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air

A new WHO Report titled Air Pollution And Child Health: Prescribing Clean Air found that around 7 million people worldwide die every year due to exposure to polluted air. More than 90% of air pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. The highest ambient air pollution levels are found in South-East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean Region, with annual mean levels often exceeding more than 5 times WHO limit.

Major Earthquake Hits Sulawesi, Indonesia, 28 September 2018

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Donggala District Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on 28 September 2018. A tsunami hit Palu City, the provincial capital of Central Sulawesi, around fifteen minutes after the quake. The twin disaster affected over 500,000 people, damaging homes, leaving 70,000 homeless and causing loss of over 1500 lives.

The Government of Indonesia is spearheading the emergency response with exhaustive search and rescue operations, and healthcare efforts. WHO is closely monitoring the public health needs of the affected while supporting the national authorities in coordination of the health sector response.

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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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