World Water Day - Nature of water

Untreated wastewater from tanneries released to a river

World Water Day is a special occasion. On 22 March every year people across the globe take the opportunity to reflect on, celebrate and advocate for clean and abundant water.

As the theme of this year’s World Water Day – “nature for water” – highlights, it is imperative we preserve ecosystems that provide fresh water. Just 2.5% of the earth’s water is fresh. Most is frozen in ice caps. In theory, just 1% of the world’s water is fit for human consumption. In reality, the actual volume is much less.

Countries commit to intensified efforts, concrete progress to End TB

Tracking progress to eliminate tuberculosis, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region committed to further intensifying efforts to ensure rapid and concrete progress to End TB by 2030.

In a statement adopted at the Delhi End TB Summit, member countries unanimously agreed to accelerate efforts to End TB in the Region, host to one fourth of the global population but a disproportionate 46% of the global TB burden.

Global leaders meeting in Delhi to fast-track End TB efforts

Building on the momentum being created globally to end tuberculosis, world’s top infectious killer disease, leaders from across the globe are converging in New Delhi, India, for an End TB Summit to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action to reach 2030 End TB goal.

The Delhi End TB Summit 2018 will be inaugurated on 13 March by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, and addressed by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Women’s empowerment is a public health imperative

For International Women's Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals.

At WHO, we’re speaking up for women and girls’ right to health.

Rohingya crisis: KS Relief gives US$2 million for health response

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has announced a US$2 million grant to WHO for upgrading the Sadar District Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to enhance health care services for Rohingyas and their host communities.

At present, all patients with more serious conditions are referred to and treated at Sadar District Hospital. The funds will be used to double the number of in-patient beds from 250 to 500, and to improve trauma and emergency obstetric care services.

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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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