Cardiovascular diseases cause an estimated 3.7 million deaths annually in the WHO South-East Asia Region. One third of these deaths is premature and occurs in people aged less than 70 years.
Rabies kills nearly 25 000 people every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region which accounts for 45% of global deaths caused by the disease. Over 1.5 billion people in the Region are at risk of rabies infection.
The World Rabies Day this year focuses on making the elimination goal, set for 2020 in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a reality.
A former top Indian bureaucrat and ex-Governor of Manipur and Mizoram states, Vinod Kumar Duggal, has been appointed to the World Health Organization’s Advisory Group to strengthen response to outbreaks and emergencies with health and humanitarian consequences.
WHO Regional Committee meeting, which ended on 11 September, adopted six resolutions on priority areas. The countries resolved to strengthen cancer prevention and control programme, tobacco control, preparedness to respond to emergencies and outbreaks, anti-microbial resistance, community based health services and patient safety for sustainable Universal Health Coverage.
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