Ministers from South-East Asia meet in Dili to set health priorities

Health Ministers of the 11 countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region are meeting in Dili, Timor-Leste, from 7-11 September to set health priorities and discuss the health agenda for the Region.

The Regional Committee meets annually and is hosted by one of the 11 member countries of South-East Asia. This is the first time that the Regional Committee is meeting in Timor-Leste.

World Humanitarian Day

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On the World Humanitarian Day, the World Health Organization extends its deepest gratitude to the health workers and volunteers who, despite significant personal risk, extend selfless services to the affected people during disasters and emergencies.

We salute these heroes.

Heavy rains trigger floods in Myanmar, WHO releases emergency funds

Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar, 03 August 2015. Myanmar president declared four regions (Sagaing, Magway Regions and Rakhine, Chin States) as disaster zones on 31 July 2015. Heavy monsoon rains caused floods around Myanmar with dozens deaths being reported as thousands are fleeing their homes in several regions across the country. In Myanmar monsoon starts at the beginning of June and ends in September.
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Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar, 03 August 2015.

Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected.

WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response.

Breastfeeding and work, let’s make it work

Breastfeeding is the key to a child’s survival, health, growth and development. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding in the first hour of life and the following 6 months to stimulate brain development, and to prevent childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases later in life.

This year the World Breastfeeding Week, 1–7 August, focuses on “Breastfeeding and Work. Let’s make it work!”, to encourage family-friendly policies in the workplace.


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