India achieves the goal of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE)

India has achieved another momentous public health feat – the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. This success comes a year after India eradicated polio. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is now reduced to less than one case per 1000 live births in all districts of the country. Increasing awareness about availability, safety and efficacy of life-saving vaccines, need for safe deliveries and government entitlements for pregnant women has contributed a great deal in increasing immunization coverage in general, and in achieving Mother and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE), in particular.

World Humanitarian Day

On the World Humanitarian Day, the World Health Organization extends its deepest gratitude to the health workers and volunteers who, despite significant personal risk, extend selfless services to the affected people during disasters and emergencies. We salute these heroes.

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.

Hepatitis C: Can We Treat All By 2020?

In India, viral hepatitis is now recognised as a serious public health problem with an estimated 6-12 million hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected people with limited access to testing and treatment facilities. These numbers place a huge disease, social and economic burden on the affected individual and family, as well as the health system.

WHO Representative to India

WHO Representative

WHO guidelines

A selection of evidence-based guidelines


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World Health Day

World Health Day 2015

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