Mental health care in India: restoring hope and dignity

8 October 2015 -- This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on the importance of respecting the dignity for those living with mental health issues. This feature tells the story of Shamma, a young Indian girl, who didn’t realize that she had schizophrenia until she and her family found proper care through a WHO-supported project, which focuses on human dignity and improving access to mental health services.

International Day of Older Persons

Worldwide people are moving to cities at a record pace. The number of older persons living in urban areas is increasing rapidly, especially in developing countries. In India too there is a shift towards urbanization. This trend needs to be viewed against the backdrop of the growing population of elderly. In this context, the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), and the theme “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment” is timely indeed given the impact of not only the new urban environment on older persons but also the impact of older persons on the new urban environment.

Make healthy heart choices

Cardiovascular diseases cause an estimated 3.7 million deaths annually in the WHO South-East Asia Region. One third of these deaths is premature and occurs in people aged less than 70 years. The majority of premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease can be prevented through simple measures such as consuming a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and by managing stress.

Let’s end rabies together

Rabies kills nearly 25 000 people every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region which accounts for 45% of global deaths caused by the disease. Over 1.5 billion people in the Region are at risk of rabies infection. The World Rabies Day this year focuses on making the elimination goal, set for 2020 in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a reality.

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