Step up efforts for immunization, eliminate measles

Amidst increasing cases and outbreaks of measles globally, WHO called upon countries in its South-East Asia Region to further accelerate efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere receives the lifesaving benefits of immunization.

Governments, communities and health workers must focus on optimizing the benefits of immunization at all ages to prevent life threatening and debilitating diseases. Vaccines work and save lives.

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April every year – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. This year’s theme is “Protected Together – Vaccines Work”.

Defeating malaria demands high-impact, country-led approaches

n the World Malaria Day, WHO calls upon Member countries to prioritize malaria prevention, control and treatment, including integrated vector control measures. All initiatives must be country-led and country-owned.

Communities at the grassroots should be empowered to act and should have access to long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying and quality-assured diagnosis and treatment as per national strategies.

Regional regulatory cooperation must for improving availability, quality of medical products

The annual meeting of South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) began in New Delhi on 24 April 2019, with WHO calling for strengthening regulatory cooperation and collaboration among countries in South-East Asia Region to further improve the availability, quality and safety of medical products.

The meeting is expected to review progress made on quality assurance and standards of medical products; regulatory practices; vigilance of medical products; Information Sharing Platform and medical devices and diagnostics, in the 11 Member countries of the Region.

Quality primary care key to advancing universal health coverage: WHO

Quality healthcare services for people at the community level across all age groups, wherever they live and whenever they need them, without financial hardship, is fundamental to advancing universal health coverage for achieving health and well-being of everyone, everywhere.

A well-functioning primary care system that meets most of a person’s health needs, throughout the life course, is central to universal health coverage, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia, said on World Health Day which focuses on ‘Health for All’.

WHO South-East Asia Region celebrates 5 years of polio-free certification

On 27 March 2014 WHO South-East Asia Region was certified polio-free. Five years since the unprecedented achievement, the Region continues to be polio-free.

All countries in the Region, accounting for one-fourth of the world’s population, continue to make concerted efforts to vaccinate and protected children against the crippling disease. A strict vigil is being maintained against poliovirus importation.

The lessons from polio eradication are now guiding routine immunization and other programmes.

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World Health Day 2019 - Universal Health Coverage: Health for All

Since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated on the 7th of April of each year. The objective of World Health Day is to raise global awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern. This year's theme is "Universal Health Coverage: Health for All".

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