ASHAS: improving rural women’s health
In India, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) form an essential link between the community and the health care delivery system. ASHAs, usually women, provide information, health education, and basic care. Each ASHA is responsible for around 1000 people. Saturday 8 March is International Women’s Day.
WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline
Sugars intake is a concern for WHO South-East Asia Region. WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay). Comments on the draft guideline will be accepted via the WHO web site from 5 to 31 March 2014.
WHO Regional Director applauds Maldives vision for universal health coverage
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, commended the Government of Maldives and the Ministry of Health and Gender for their commitment and vision for universal health coverage for all its citizens. Dr Khetrapal Singh is on a two-day visit to Maldives.
Good ear care can avoid hearing loss
Half of all cases of hearing loss are avoidable through primary prevention. Avoiding listening to loud music or not inserting objects into your ears to clean them can prevent the loss of hearing. Seeking medical advice as soon as noticing a problem with your ear is also important. International Ear Care Day is held annually on 3 March to raise awareness of how to maintain healthy ears. Use the links below to access resources about correct ear care.