Migrant Health: Resetting the agenda
21 February 2017 – The health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population. The most frequent health problems of newly arrived refugees and migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy and delivery-related complications, diabetes, and hypertension. Key stakeholders are discussing improving the health aspects of refugees and migrants, in the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, on 21–23 February 2017, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
WHO, CRI review collaboration on health and environment issues
Princess Professor Dr Chulabhorn Mahidol, Head of Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) Thailand, reviewed collaborative work with WHO to strengthen capacity-building and research in environmental health science and toxicology in New Delhi on 21 February 2017. CRI, a WHO Collaborating Centre since December 2005, has been playing an important role in the region and globally.
WHO and CRI discussed opportunities for strengthening capacity-building on the risk assessment and management of chemicals as well as strengthening of evidence for measuring health impact of electronic waste with the focus on children.
WHO congratulates India for measles rubella vaccination campaign
India launched one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign on 5 February against measles, a major childhood killer disease, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), responsible for irreversible birth defects.
The campaign to vaccinate more than 410 million children in the age group of nine months to 15 years over the next two years, is a big step towards reducing childhood mortality and addressing birth defects. It demonstrates India’s commitment to improve health and well-being of people by protecting children against vaccine preventable diseases.
World Cancer Day 2017
Cancer kills around 1.3 million people every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
Ensuring people with cancer are diagnosed as early as possible greatly improves chances of survival and reduces the global burden of cancer in terms of lives lost and costs incurred. As WHO’s new Guide to cancer early diagnosis outlines, the Region’s Member countries can make key interventions that will help diagnose cancer earlier and make treatment more efficient.
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