Strengthen efforts to immunize five million unvaccinated children

The WHO South-East Asia Region records about 37 million births every year, of them over 88% children are now getting three doses of diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccines annually, an indicator of basic vaccination coverage.

WHO calls for further accelerating efforts to reach the nearly five million unvaccinated children in the Region. To review the progress made, the ninth meeting of SEAR Immunization Technical Advisory Group (ITAG) is taking place in New Delhi, India, 17-20 July 2018.

Regional meeting to accelerate efforts to reduce maternal & newborn mortality

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Member States of WHO South-East Asia Region are deliberating efforts to accelerate reduction of maternal, newborn mortality and stillbirths, for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at a four-day meeting in New Delhi from 10 – 13 July 2018.

Maternal and newborn mortality as well as stillbirths are interlinked and interdependent. With quality services and high coverage of essential interventions, especially around the time of delivery, there are significant opportunities to save the lives of mothers and newborns, reduce stillbirths and accelerate towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal targets.

International Day of Yoga

On 21 June the United Nations observe the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga can be practiced anywhere by people of all age groups, irrespective of their socio-economic status. It fits in very well with the healthy lifestyle that WHO has been strongly advocating for, throughout the life cycle - from childhood to healthy ageing. Exercise is a must for physical wellbeing.​

Be there for someone else. Give blood, share life

In WHO South-East Asia Region, 18 million units of blood are required annually. At present an estimated 15.9 million are collected, leaving a deficit of about 2 million units.

The theme of the World Blood Donor Day, observed on 14 June every year, is ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’, calling upon all to come forward and exercise their life-saving act. At the same time, WHO calls upon all Member States to put systems in place to ensure high-quality blood products are available to all people at all times.

India cuts MMR by 77%

A baby is being fed by a health care provider while mothers hold their infants, smiling, in India
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India has achieved groundbreaking success in reducing maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 77%, from 556 per 100 000 live births in 1990 to 130 per 100 000 live births in 2016.

India’s present MMR is below MDG target and puts the country on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal SDG target of MMR below 70 by 2030.

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World Health Day 2018:
Universal Health Coverage

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of WHO.

The World Health Day this year focuses on
‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’.

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