Geneva, 26 January 2019 - Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh was today appointed Regional Director for a second term beginning 1 February 2019.
The 34-member Executive Board of WHO endorsed Dr Khetrapal Singh, who was unanimously nominated by 11 Member countries of the Region for another five years.
Tsunami hits Indonesia’s Sunda Strait
On 22 December 2018 tsunami hit Indonesia along the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra island. Hundreds of people have been killed, injured and left homeless as giant waves caused widespread damage.
Pandeglang and Serang in Banten Province, and South Lampung and Tanggamus in Lampung Province are among the worst hit areas.
National and provincial authorities are carrying out search and rescue operations, and providing assistance to the affected people.
WHO in collaboration with the Kirby Institute conducts the Steering Committee meeting for Prospective Cohort Study: Test and Treat HIV.
On Friday 28 September 2018 evening, a 7.7 Richter scale magnitude earthquake hit Central Sulawesi Province affecting mainly Donggala district, Parigi Mountong district and Palu city. Fifteen minutes later, a tsunami hit Palu City. The estimated affected population to be more than 310,000 in Donggala District (near the epicenter) and 350,000 in Palu city (Indonesian Statistic 2010 data).