Experts review efforts to reduce maternal, newborn deaths

South-East Asia Regional Technical Advisory Group (SEAR-TAG) is meeting in New Delhi on 15-16 January 2019 to review efforts by Member States to accelerate reduction in newborn, child and maternal mortality in the Region.

Established in 2015 by the Regional Director, SEAR-TAG is focusing on reducing preventable maternal and perinatal mortality, including still births.

Sanjit Das

On 13 January this year WHO South-East Asia Region marks eight years since the last case of wild poliovirus.

The Region continues to be polio-free due to ongoing efforts by member countries, partners and the people themselves to ensure all children are protected with polio vaccines.

A strict vigil is being maintained against polioviruses.

Crisis Centre MOH Indonesia

On 22 December 2018 tsunami hit Indonesia along the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra island. Hundreds of people have been killed, injured and left homeless as giant waves caused widespread damage.

Pandeglang and Serang in Banten Province, and South Lampung and Tanggamus in Lampung Province are among the worst hit areas.

National and provincial authorities are carrying out search and rescue operations, and providing assistance to the affected people.

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Thailand becomes first in Asia to introduce tobacco plain packaging

World Health Organization commends Thailand on implementing stronger tobacco control measures by adopting plain packaging for tobacco products. It becomes the first country in Asia and the first low and middle-income country to take this firm step against tobacco use, the single most important cause of preventable deaths worldwide.

World AIDS day - Know your status

On 1 December 2018, WHO joins global partners to commemorate World AIDS Day under the theme “Know Your Status”. This will also be an occasion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day – a pioneering global health campaign first initiated by WHO in 1988.
Between 2000 and 2017 new infections in the Region were more than halved, from 318 000 to 157 000. Still, an estimated 3.5 million people Region-wide currently live with the disease.

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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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