Tobacco control measures reaching more people

More people than ever before are covered by life-saving tobacco control policies, including in the South-East Asia Region. That’s one of the findings of a new WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, which documents how 63% of the world’s population is now covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure mandated by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), from graphic warnings on tobacco packages to bans on tobacco advertising. Tobacco currently kills more than 7 million people annually.

Sri Lanka scales up efforts against dengue

Sri Lanka is witnessing an increase in dengue cases this year. Over 80,000 cases have been reported, with a significant number from the western provinces.

The Ministry of Health is scaling up vector control measures and community engagement to ensure people protect themselves against mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding sites.

WHO is supporting the government in its dengue outbreak response, to bring down the caseload and reduce case fatality.

Saima Hossain is WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in South-East Asia Region

Ms Saima Wazed Hossain, a globally renowned champion for the cause of autism spectrum disorder, has been appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in South-East Asia Region.

Her support is expected to boost WHO’s effort to generate awareness and action to address the suffering of children with autism spectrum disorder, as well as their parents and caregivers.

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.

WHO has been advocating physical exercise as one of the primary preventive measure against non- communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes and respiratory diseases, which are increasingly growing in numbers. Exercise is a must for physical wellbeing.​

Moving towards strategic purchasing for health in Asia

This year's Health Financing Policy Workshop focuses on 'Moving towards strategic purchasing for health in Asia'. Strategic purchasing is vital to achieving universal health coverage and ensuring health and well being for all.

The workshop is being attended by leading experts from the SEARO and WPRO Regions. The Second SEARO-WPRO Health Financing Policy Workshop is taking place in New Delhi, India from 19 to 22 June 2017.

About WHO South-East Asia

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World Health Day 2017

Depression: Let's talk

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

The World Health Day this year focuses on ‘depression’.



The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) is a collaborative partnership of interested governments, international agencies, foundations, and researchers that promotes evidence-informed health systems policy regionally and in all countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Polio-free certification of the WHO South-East Asia Region

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