The WHO Country Office joined the campaign “Madhiri Rulhi Rulhi” against mosquitoes organized by the Ministry of Health’s Health Protection Agency in cooperation the Hulhumale’ Development Centre on the morning of 16th May 2015. This is part of an ongoing public awareness program to reduce mosquito breeding sites and stop spread of dengue and other vector-borne diseases.
The World Health Organization this handed over four emergency health kits comprising of medicines and medical supplies and US dollars 175 000 as the first tranche of emergency health funds to meet the immediate health needs of the earthquake affected people in Nepal. “Within hours of the tragedy, WHO disbursed medical supplies to cover the health needs of 40 000 people for three months. These supplies are in the form of inter-agency emergency health kits and were given to hospitals in Nepal treating the injured,” WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said.
Vaccines save lives. Every year vaccination averts 2 to 3 million infant deaths globally from deadly diseases such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio and tetanus. However, at the same time 1 in 5 children, an estimated 21.8 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines. Of them, 9 million infants, more than one-third, live in WHO’s South-East Asia Region.
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