Be there for someone else. Give blood, share life

In WHO South-East Asia Region, 18 million units of blood are required annually. At present an estimated 15.9 million are collected, leaving a deficit of about 2 million units.

The theme of the World Blood Donor Day, observed on 14 June every year, is ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’, calling upon all to come forward and exercise their life-saving act. At the same time, WHO calls upon all Member States to put systems in place to ensure high-quality blood products are available to all people at all times.

India cuts MMR by 77%

A baby is being fed by a health care provider while mothers hold their infants, smiling, in India
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India has achieved groundbreaking success in reducing maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 77%, from 556 per 100 000 live births in 1990 to 130 per 100 000 live births in 2016.

India’s present MMR is below MDG target and puts the country on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal SDG target of MMR below 70 by 2030.


WHO and Member States of its South-East Asia Region discussed HPV vaccination as a key intervention to prevent cervical cancer at a three-day meeting in New Delhi 5 – 7 June 2018. As many as 94 000 deaths due to cervical cancer, accounting for 17% of the cancer deaths among women, were reported in the Region in 2012.

Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Thailand have introduced HPV vaccination in their immunisation programme while Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal have completed demonstration projects. HPV vaccine introduction has been recommended by national immunisation advisory groups in India, Maldives and Myanmar. Cervical cancer elimination is a priority programme for WHO globally.

Strengthening emergency medical teams

Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) are almost always immediately deployed in health emergencies. A three-day regional consultation of WHO and Member States in South-East Asia Region began in New Delhi on 5 June to map and strengthen EMTs.

WHO is working with Member States to strengthen governance and coordination mechanisms for EMTs and build operational partnerships for effective emergency response through coordinated EMT network.

World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease”.

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Home to a quarter of the world population, WHO SEARO provides leadership on health matters, articulates evidence-based policy options, provides technical support to countries and monitors health trends.

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World Health Day 2018:
Universal Health Coverage

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of WHO.

The World Health Day this year focuses on
‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’.

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