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.
3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South Asia Region, a third of them do not get the services they require for treatment
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