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.

WHO sets up advisory group to guide post-quake recovery support in Nepal

The World Health Organization has set up an advisory group to guide its support to earthquake-hit Nepal for rebuilding resilient health systems.

Comprising of academicians, policy makers, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists and other experts, the advisory group will guide WHO on strategic approaches to ensure that the needs of the affected people are met. The first meeting of the advisory group was held in New Delhi on 31 July 2015.

Target P vivax malaria, strengthen control and elimination strategy

Malaria control and elimination efforts need to focus on P. vivax malaria, believed to be less fatal, but now contributing to a large proportion of global malaria burden, mainly in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

More than a third of the world’s population, mostly in Asia and Latin America, is at risk of P. vivax malaria.


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