Maldives launches measles, rubella campaign

WCO Maldives

The World Health Organization commends Maldives for its unprecedented efforts to eliminate measles. The launch of the Measles and Rubella campaign today is a demonstration of its strong commitment to rid the country of the disease, a major childhood killer globally as well as in WHO South-East Asia Region.

Though countries in WHO South-East Asia Region are rolling out MR campaigns, Maldives’ intervention is unique as it covers adults up to the age of 25 years. The campaign will help close any immunity gaps and lay the groundwork for elimination of the life-threatening disease.

Migrant Health: Resetting the agenda

Internally displaced persons due to climate change boarding a boat to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photoshare/P. Hossain

21 February 2017 – The health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population. The most frequent health problems of newly arrived refugees and migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy and delivery-related complications, diabetes, and hypertension. Key stakeholders are discussing improving the health aspects of refugees and migrants, in the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, on 21–23 February 2017, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

WHO, CRI review collaboration on health and environment issues

Princess Professor Dr Chulabhorn Mahidol, Head of Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) Thailand, reviewed collaborative work with WHO to strengthen capacity-building and research in environmental health science and toxicology in New Delhi on 21 February 2017. CRI, a WHO Collaborating Centre since December 2005, has been playing an important role in the region and globally.

WHO and CRI discussed opportunities for strengthening capacity-building on the risk assessment and management of chemicals as well as strengthening of evidence for measuring health impact of electronic waste with the focus on children.

WHO congratulates India for measles rubella vaccination campaign


India launched one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign on 5 February against measles, a major childhood killer disease, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), responsible for irreversible birth defects.

The campaign to vaccinate more than 410 million children in the age group of nine months to 15 years over the next two years, is a big step towards reducing childhood mortality and addressing birth defects. It demonstrates India’s commitment to improve health and well-being of people by protecting children against vaccine preventable diseases.

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