Nepal quake response review seeks scaling-up of emergency preparedness

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As Nepal marks one year of the killer earthquake on 25 April, the health sector partners reviewed lessons learnt from the event and recommended strengthening and expanding emergency preparedness and response capacities beyond the national capital, and testing them periodically, to prepare better for future emergencies.

The Lessons Learnt Conference: Health Sector Response to Nepal Earthquake 2015, was organised by the Ministry of Health, Nepal, and WHO, in Kathmandu on 20-21 April. Priority lessons identified in the meeting would be consolidated into road map for further action.

World Immunization Week 2016: Close the immunization gap


During World Immunization Week 2016 from 24-30 April, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps needed to meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

Close the immunization gap – Immunization for all throughout life

World Malaria Day – “End Malaria for Good”

WHO/ Timor-Leste

This year’s theme of World Malaria Day – “End Malaria for Good” – reflects the vision of a world free of malaria set out in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. Although an ambitious goal, eliminating malaria from 35 countries by 2030 is achievable. Malaria mortality rates have declined by 60% globally since the year 2000 due to the use of tools such as insecticide-treated bed-nets, indoor residual spraying, and rapid diagnostic testing.

In the South-East Asia Region Timor-Leste, Bhutan, Sri-Lanka and Nepal are in a position to eliminate malaria within the next 5 years.

Together we can “End Malaria for Good”.

New global strategy seeks accelerated efforts against leprosy

WHO launches a new global strategy for leprosy calling for stronger commitments and accelerated efforts to stop disease transmission and end associated discrimination and stigma, to achieve a world free of leprosy.

The strategy - ‘Accelerating towards a leprosy-free-world’ – aims to, by 2020, reduce to zero the number of children diagnosed with leprosy and related physical deformities; reduce the rate of newly-diagnosed leprosy patients with visible deformities to less than one per million; and ensure that all legislation that allows for discrimination on the basis of leprosy is overturned.

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