Prevent brain stroke

A brain stroke or brain attack occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off or reduced, oxygen supply is depleted and brain cells in the immediate affected area begin to die. People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes or a high blood-sugar level are vulnerable to brain stroke.

Eighty percent of brain strokes are preventable.

International lead poisoning prevention week of action


Lead is a toxic metal whose widespread use has caused extensive environmental contamination and health problems. In 2013 lead exposure accounted for 853 000 deaths and 16.8 million life years lost due to its long-term effects on health.

An important source of lead exposure, particularly in children, is paint containing high levels of lead.

From 23 to 29 October 2016 the international lead poisoning prevention week of action takes place, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint.

World Polio Day 2016


On 24 October 2016, WHO observes the World Polio Day.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.

WHO South-East Asia Region was certified polio-free in 2014.

Media Scholarships for Road Safety Workshop


WHO in partnership with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) is organizing a two-day workshop on traffic and road safety reporting, on 5-6 December 2016, in Sri Lanka, for journalists from the south-east Asia region.

Scholarships are being awarded competitively to 15 journalists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste to attend the workshop.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 20 October 2016.

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