Indian Professor, Myanmar Ministry felicitated at WHA

Geneva, 24 May - Professor Balram Bhargava from India and the Health Promotion Unit of the Department of Public Health Myanmar, were today felicitated at the World Health Assembly with the Dr LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health.

While Professor Bhargava was recognized for his accomplishments as a clinician, innovator, researcher and trainer; Myanmar was awarded for its mobile health clinic model which is contributing to improving access to health and delivering health services to far-to-reach areas.

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Nepal responding to human case of Influenza A (H5N1)

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Nepal has launched a rapid response to its first human case of Influenza A (H5N1) or avian influenza.

A close watch and monitoring is being maintained. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Population and supporting epidemiological investigation, risk assessment and implementation of measures to prevent and control further spread. No new case has been reported since the lone human case of Influenza A (H5N1) came to the attention of the health authorities on 25th March 2019.

Step up efforts for immunization, eliminate measles

Amidst increasing cases and outbreaks of measles globally, WHO called upon countries in its South-East Asia Region to further accelerate efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere receives the lifesaving benefits of immunization.

Governments, communities and health workers must focus on optimizing the benefits of immunization at all ages to prevent life threatening and debilitating diseases. Vaccines work and save lives.

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April every year – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. This year’s theme is “Protected Together – Vaccines Work”.

Defeating malaria demands high-impact, country-led approaches

On the World Malaria Day, WHO calls upon Member countries to prioritize malaria prevention, control and treatment, including integrated vector control measures. All initiatives must be country-led and country-owned.

Communities at the grassroots should be empowered to act and should have access to long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying and quality-assured diagnosis and treatment as per national strategies.

Regional regulatory cooperation must for improving availability, quality of medical products

The annual meeting of South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) began in New Delhi on 24 April 2019, with WHO calling for strengthening regulatory cooperation and collaboration among countries in South-East Asia Region to further improve the availability, quality and safety of medical products.

The meeting is expected to review progress made on quality assurance and standards of medical products; regulatory practices; vigilance of medical products; Information Sharing Platform and medical devices and diagnostics, in the 11 Member countries of the Region.

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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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