136th Executive Board starts with special session on Ebola

136th Executive Board starts with special session on Ebola
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The 136th session of the WHO Executive Board will run from 26 January‑3 February 2015. On Sunday, 25 January, the Board held a special session on the Ebola emergency. The special session reviewed the current state of WHO’s Ebola response and made recommendations for future large-scale and sustained outbreaks and emergencies.

India: first to adapt the Global Monitoring Framework on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Every year, roughly 5.8 million Indians die from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. In other words, 1 in 4 Indians risks dying from an NCD before they reach the age of 70.

Urgent need to check the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases

Nearly 8.5 million people died of noncommunicable diseases in the WHO’s South-East Asia Region in 2012. This number is expected to grow larger if we do not act now to arrest this epidemic.

Heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases account for most of the deaths and disease due to noncommunicable diseases.

10 years recovery from the 2004 tsunami

It has been a decade since the devastating tsunami hit this region with a vengeance claiming lives of close to 200 000 people, displacing more than 2 million from in South-East Asia and East Africa.

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