WHO lauds India’s commitment to accelerated sanitation coverage

WHO lauds India’s commitment to accelerated coverage of safe sanitation services which, assuming 100% coverage is achieved by October 2019, could avert up to 300 000 deaths due to diarrheal disease and protein-energy malnutrition since the country launched the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014.

DPR Korea, Timor-Leste eliminate measles, six countries in the Region achieve rubella control

In a significant win against childhood killer diseases, two countries of the Region, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste, were verified for eliminating measles, and six countries certified for controlling rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, two years ahead of the target year 2020.

Congratulations on these tremendous public health achievements.

World Hepatitis Day 2018

Millions of people are infected with viral hepatitis without knowing and without receiving treatment. The lack of awareness and treatment lead to progressive liver damage and can cause life-threatening conditions, resulting in an estimated 410 000 deaths in the Region every year.

World Hepatitis Day is held yearly on 28 July. This year's theme is "Test. Treat. Hepatitis". Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.

Parliamentarians meet to discuss women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health

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Nearly 30 parliamentarians from countries in WHO South-East Asia began a meeting in New Delhi to deliberate women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health issues.

Convened by WHO, the meeting on 26-27 July 2018, is being attended by officials from Ministries of Health, representatives of partner agencies, NGOs and experts from across the Region.


The WHO South-East Asia Region records about 37 million births every year, of them over 88% children are now getting three doses of diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccines annually, an indicator of basic vaccination coverage.

WHO calls for further accelerating efforts to reach the nearly five million unvaccinated children in the Region. To review the progress made, the ninth meeting of SEAR Immunization Technical Advisory Group (ITAG) is taking place in New Delhi, India, 17-20 July 2018.

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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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Polio-free certification of the WHO South-East Asia Region

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