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.

WHO felicitates Nepal for trachoma elimination, rubella control

WHO felicitates Nepal for eliminating trachoma, a neglected tropical disease that leads to blindness, as a public health problem, and for controlling rubella that causes serious and irreversible birth defects.
Nepal is the first country in WHO South-East Asia to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem, and among the first countries in the Region to be verified for having controlled rubella.

World Toilet Day 2018– “When Nature Calls”

On World Toilet Day, WHO urges that toilets and safe sanitation services must be made accessible to all. Cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and E, tapeworm and a host of other diseases thrive due to poor sanitation. There are 900 million people Region-wide lacking basic sanitation, and more than 500 million practicing open defecation. This despite progress in urban coverage of sanitation, which stands at 70% while rural coverage is greater than 50% in most countries.

330,000 Rohingyas and host community to get cholera vaccine

Nearly 330,000 Rohingyas and host population will be vaccinated against cholera in a month-long campaign beginning 17 November 2018, in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and its nearby areas. This campaign, being held to protect the vulnerable population against the deadly disease amidst increased risk of flooding in the ongoing cyclone season, is the fourth such initiative, as nearly 2.2 million doses of oral cholera vaccines have been dispensed here through three massive vaccination campaigns since November 2017.

World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day 2018, WHO joins partners around the world to highlight the impact diabetes has on families and the role of family members in supporting prevention, early diagnosis and good management of diabetes.
The campaign promotes universal health coverage for affordable and equitable access to diabetes management, including improving the knowledge and capacities of people with diabetes and their families to take charge of their own care, to reduce economic hardship in households.

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

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