Heavy rains trigger floods in Myanmar, WHO releases emergency funds
Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected.
WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response.
Breastfeeding and work, let’s make it work
Breastfeeding is the key to a child’s survival, health, growth and development. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding in the first hour of life and the following 6 months to stimulate brain development, and to prevent childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases later in life.
This year the World Breastfeeding Week, 1–7 August, focuses on “Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it work!”, to encourage family-friendly policies in the workplace.
The World Health Organization has set up an advisory group to guide its support to earthquake-hit Nepal for rebuilding resilient health systems.
Comprising of academicians, policy makers, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists and other experts, the advisory group will guide WHO on strategic approaches to ensure that the needs of the affected people are met. The first meeting of the advisory group was held in New Delhi on 31 July 2015.
Malaria control and elimination efforts need to focus on P. vivax malaria, believed to be less fatal, but now contributing to a large proportion of global malaria burden, mainly in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
More than a third of the world’s population, mostly in Asia and Latin America, is at risk of P. vivax malaria.
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