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.

Indian Professor, Myanmar Ministry felicitated at WHA

WHO and Ministry of Health and Sports Myanmar

Geneva, 24 May - Professor Balram Bhargava from India and the Health Promotion Unit of the Department of Public Health Myanmar, were today felicitated at the World Health Assembly with the Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health.

While Professor Bhargava was recognized for his accomplishments as a clinician, innovator, researcher and trainer; Myanmar was awarded for its mobile health clinic model which is contributing to improving access to health and delivering health services to far-to-reach areas.

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Nepal responding to human case of Influenza A (H5N1)

WHO/Jonathan Perugia

Nepal has launched a rapid response to its first human case of Influenza A (H5N1) or avian influenza.

A close watch and monitoring is being maintained. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Population and supporting epidemiological investigation, risk assessment and implementation of measures to prevent and control further spread. No new case has been reported since the lone human case of Influenza A (H5N1) came to the attention of the health authorities on 25th March 2019.

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About WHO South-East Asia

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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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The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) is a collaborative partnership of interested governments, international agencies, foundations, and researchers that promotes evidence-informed health systems policy regionally and in all countries in the Asia Pacific region.

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

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