Maldives eliminates mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Syphilis

Maldives has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, joining first few countries in the world to ensure a generation free of these deadly diseases.

Maldives is the second country in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve this feat, after Thailand. Globally, congenital syphilis is the second leading cause of preventable still births while mother-to-child transmission of HIV accounts for 9% new infections.

Sri Lanka eliminates measles

Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, interrupting transmission of the indigenous virus that causes the killer childhood disease.
Sri Lanka is the fourth country in WHO South-East Asia Region, after Bhutan, Maldives and Timor-Leste, to eliminate measles and control rubella, a flagship priority programme of WHO in the Region, ahead of the 2020 regional target.

World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on 14 June.
The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

Global Meeting of Emergency Medical Teams

WHO is hosting a global meeting of Emergency Medical Teams in Bangkok on June 12-14. Nearly 400 participants from more than 200 different teams and agencies, representing more than 90 countries and areas, who actively respond to outbreaks, natural disasters, conflict, and complex emergencies both within their countries and internationally, are participating in the meeting.

Call for Focused Action & Policy Interventions to Control Tobacco Use in WHO South-East Asia Region

Use of tobacco in all its forms is responsible for killing over 1.6 million people every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Over 246 million people smoke tobacco and nearly 290 million consume it in its smoke-less forms, causing major health challenges for countries and communities of the region.

Taking note of these alarming indicators on the eve of the “World No Tobacco Day”, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said the need of the hour is focused action plans and speedy roll-out of evidence-based policy interventions to control the menace of tobacco use.

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

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