World Birth Defects Day

The World Health Organization, South-East Asia Regional Office is collaborating with 11 other global organizations to promote World Birth Defects Day to increase global awareness of birth defects.

WHO reported 49 000 newborn deaths due to birth defects in 2013 in the South-East Asia Region. Addressing birth defects is a key intervention to provide the best health possible and potential for a full and productive life.

How to protect yourself from seasonal flu

WHO/Tom Pietrasik

The influenza A/H1N1 virus is among the four influenza viruses that normally circulate seasonally worldwide.

Although most people who get influenza every year have a relatively mild illness, it can cause severe illness and death every year.

Globally WHO recommends influenza vaccination as the most effective way to prevent infection.

World Cancer Day, 04 February 2015

WHO/Richard Warren

Every year cancer kills an estimated 1.1 million people in the WHO’s South-East Asia Region and nearly 1.7 million new cancer cases are reported. But cancer can be prevented with lifestyle and dietary changes and cured if detected early and treated adequately.

136th Executive Board starts with special session on Ebola

136th Executive Board starts with special session on Ebola
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The 136th session of the WHO Executive Board will run from 26 January‑3 February 2015. On Sunday, 25 January, the Board held a special session on the Ebola emergency. The special session reviewed the current state of WHO’s Ebola response and made recommendations for future large-scale and sustained outbreaks and emergencies.


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