Quality primary care key to advancing universal health coverage: WHO

Quality healthcare services for people at the community level across all age groups, wherever they live and whenever they need them, without financial hardship, is fundamental to advancing universal health coverage for achieving health and well-being of everyone, everywhere.

A well-functioning primary care system that meets most of a person’s health needs, throughout the life course, is central to universal health coverage, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia, said on World Health Day which focuses on ‘Health for All’.

WHO South-East Asia Region celebrates 5 years of polio-free certification

On 27 March 2014 WHO South-East Asia Region was certified polio-free. Five years since the unprecedented achievement, the Region continues to be polio-free.

All countries in the Region, accounting for one-fourth of the world’s population, continue to make concerted efforts to vaccinate and protected children against the crippling disease. A strict vigil is being maintained against poliovirus importation.

The lessons from polio eradication are now guiding routine immunization and other programmes.

It’s time to seize the moment and accelerate progress to End TB

Every year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

The WHO South-East Asia Region’s Member States are leading the charge to End TB, as per the Region’s Flagship Priorities, by or before 2030. This leadership is a commendable since, though the WHO South-East Asia Region accounts for just over a quarter of the world’s population, it comprises around 44% of global TB cases and 50% of associated mortality.

As the theme of this year’s World TB day – ‘It’s time’ – highlights, the drive to End TB has reached a critical phase, both in the Region and globally.

World Water Day

On 22 March World Water Day, WHO highlights the critical role access to clean and safe water, sanitation and hygiene is to the fight against neglected tropical diseases, and the social good it provides generally, as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 6. The outcome we are pursuing is crystal clear: water for all, whoever you are, wherever you are.

For International Women's Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals. At WHO, we’re speaking up for women and girls’ right to health.

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World Health Day 2019 - Universal Health Coverage: Health for All

Since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated on the 7th of April of each year. The objective of World Health Day is to raise global awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern. This year's theme is "Universal Health Coverage: Health for All".

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