Regional Director’s contribution to Bhutanese health honored by His Majesty the King of Bhutan
On 3 December, His Majesty the King of Bhutan awarded Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, with the National Order of Merit (Gold) in recognition of the Regional Director’s contribution to improving the country’s healthcare services. The award ceremony was held during a two-day visit by Dr Plianbangchang to Bhutan, marking the end of his ten-years as Regional Director.
Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an Inclusive Society and Development for All
Over 1 billion people, 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. South-East Asia has the 2nd highest prevalence of disability with 16% having a moderate or severe disability, of which 2.9% are severely disabled. To raise awareness about the issues that people living with disabilities face, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held every year on 3 December, this year being the 21st such day.
Wider testing key to reducing new HIV infections
The AIDS epidemic is becoming more controllable with changes to social approaches and improvements to treatment meaning new HIV infections have reduced by a third since 2001. In South-East Asia, the rate of new infections is declining, particularly in the four high-burden countries of India, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand. For example, since 2000, new infections have fallen 57% in India and 91% in Nepal.
Violence against Women – the health aspects
Four out of ten women and girls in WHO’s South-East Asia Region are beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes. To raise awareness and trigger action to end this global violation of human rights, the 16 days from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) to Human Rights Day (10 December) are used to commemorate those who have or currently experience violence in their lives.