World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2018

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good.

KSRelief official visits Cox’s Bazar hospital

Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre's Supervisor General and Advisor at the Royal Court visited the Sadar District Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 12 April.

KSRelief has given US$ 2 million to WHO to double the hospital’s bed capacity from 250 to 500, improve trauma and emergency obstetric care services, and out-patient care. The funds are being used to expand, improve and strengthen services at the Sadar Hospital, the hub for providing lifesaving services to nearly 1.3 million newly arrived Rohingyas and their host communities.

World Health Day 2018 - Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people get the quality health services they need, without experiencing financial hardship.

On the occasion of World Health Day, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance health for all.

World TB Day 2018

Each year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

Despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide. Achieving a TB-free world means building leadership and commitment at all levels of society, from the highest offices of government to community health workers and volunteers.

World Water Day - Nature for water

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World Water Day is a special occasion. On 22 March every year people across the globe to take the opportunity to reflect on, celebrate and advocate for clean and abundant water.

As the theme of this year’s World Water Day – “nature for water” – highlights, it is imperative we preserve ecosystems that provide fresh water. Just 2.5% of the earth’s water is fresh. Most is frozen in ice caps. In theory, just 1% of the world’s water is fit for human consumption. In reality, the actual volume is much less.

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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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