International Day of Yoga 2016


On 21 June the United Nations observe the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga can be practiced anywhere by people of all age groups, irrespective of their socio-economic status. It fits in very well with the healthy lifestyle that WHO has been strongly advocating for, throughout the life cycle - from childhood to healthy ageing.

WHO has been advocating physical exercise as one of the primary preventive measure against non- communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes and respiratory diseases, which are increasingly growing in numbers. Exercise is a must for physical wellbeing.

World Blood Donor Day 2016: Blood connects us all

Every year on 14 June, WHO observes the World Blood Donor Day. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Blood connects us all”.

Against an annual estimated requirement of 18 million blood units in the South-East Asia Region, around 15.9 million units are collected every year.

WHO is striving towards the ultimate aim of assuring universal access to safe blood and blood products.

Thailand is first country in Asia to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis


Thailand received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation.

Thailand’s pioneering success and leadership demonstrates how countries can make real change when good policy is followed up with high-level commitment.

Maldives and Sri Lanka eliminate lymphatic filariasis


In a significant progress against neglected tropical diseases in WHO South-East Asia Region, Maldives and Sri Lanka have eliminated lymphatic filariasis, a disease that was crippling people for decades, forcing them to lead a life of stigma, discrimination and poverty.

In the Region, WHO has been prioritizing finishing the task of eliminating diseases on the verge of elimination. Following Maldives and Sri Lanka’s success, lymphatic filariasis endemic countries working towards elimination is now reduced to seven in the Region.

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