Sri Lanka hit by landslides, floods: WHO supports emergency response


Thousands of people have been affected by landslides and floods that hit Sri Lanka’s Colombo and Gampaha districts following heavy rains since 10 May.

Many of the affected have been shifted to safe locations established as temporary shelters. The affected communities face increased health risks, including from water and vector-borne diseases.

WHO is supporting Sri Lankan authorities to provide emergency relief to affected people. Essential medicines, tents and drinking water are being distributed in the flood hit areas.

WHO South-East Asia Region eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus


Home to nearly one-fourth of the global population, the South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with the cases reduced to less than one per 1 000 live births in all districts across the 11 countries.

MNTE for the Region became official after a team of experts validated the remaining provinces of ‪‎Indonesia. SEAR is the second region to achieve MNTE after the European Region.

WHO South-East Asia implements polio vaccine switch

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All 11 Member States in the Region have successfully completed the polio vaccine switch making South-East Asia the first among six WHO regions to implement this critical step of the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan.

The switch from the traditionally used trivalent oral polio vaccine to bivalent oral polio vaccine, follows global certification of eradication of one of the three types of wild poliovirus – type 2 poliovirus. The world is closer than ever before to ending polio. The switch aims at eradicating all types of polio.

Address worsening urban air quality as a priority


Improving air quality must be a top health and development priority in countries of WHO South-East Asia Region as increasing air pollution levels in urban areas is putting the health of billions of people at risk.

A new global report on trends in air quality shows that the levels of urban air pollution in the Region have increased by over 5% in more than two-thirds of our cities.

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