Viral hepatitis kills 4 000 people every day. An estimated 1.5 million people die due to hepatitis every year, which includes deaths by liver cancer and cirrhosis. Nearly one third of the global hepatitis deaths occur in the WHO South-East Asia Region. The World Hepatitis Day this year focuses on urgent action to prevent hepatitis.
Timor-Leste launches campaign to protect 500 000 children against Measles, Rubella and Polio
H.E. Prime Minster of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araújo and H.E. Minister of Health, Dr Maria do Céu Sarmento Pina da Costa launched a National Measles, Rubella and Polio Immunization Campaign on July 13th 2015, supported by Measles and Rubella Initiative, WHO, UNICEF and global immunization partners. This campaign targets 500 000 children throughout the country.
Improved tax measures, stronger law enforcement and enhanced cessation efforts are urgently needed in the WHO South-East Asia Region to protect people against the ill-effects of tobacco.
Tobacco kills approximately 6 million people annually, 20% of them in the Region which has 246 million smokers and 290 million smokeless tobacco users.
WHO and Nepal Health Education, Information and Communication Centre are disseminating a series of health messages among the communities that will amplify and reinforce safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices.
The messages embrace the full spectrum of health-related challenges the country now faces.
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