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It’s time to seize the moment and accelerate progress to End TB

WHO/Nepal/David Orr

Every year we commemorate World TB Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

The WHO South-East Asia Region’s Member States are leading the charge to End TB, as per the Region’s Flagship Priorities, by or before 2030. This leadership is a commendable since, though the WHO South-East Asia Region accounts for just over a quarter of the world’s population, it comprises around 44% of global TB cases and 50% of associated mortality.

As the theme of this year’s World TB day – ‘It’s time’ – highlights, the drive to End TB has reached a critical phase, both in the Region and globally.

World Water Day

2019 World Water Day illustration
UN Water

On 22 March World Water Day, WHO highlights the critical role access to clean and safe water, sanitation and hygiene is to the fight against neglected tropical diseases, and the social good it provides generally, as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 6. The outcome we are pursuing is crystal clear: water for all, whoever you are, wherever you are.

International Women's Day

For International Women's Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals. At WHO, we’re speaking up for women and girls’ right to health.

Global health leaders adopt Delhi Declaration on digital health

New Delhi, 27 February 2019 - Ministers and government officials from over 35 countries committed to accelerate and implement the appropriate digital health interventions to improve health of their population at national and sub-national levels by 2023.

WHO, Goodwill Ambassador welcome India’s hepatitis initiatives

Mumbai, 25 February 2019 - The World Health Organization and its Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region, Mr Amitabh Bachchan, have welcomed India’s national action plan for viral hepatitis which aims to reach life-saving drugs and diagnostics to over 50 million affected people across the country.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh begins second term as Regional Director

WHO/ C. Black

New Delhi, 1 February 2019 - Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh today began her second term as Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, after being unanimously endorsed by the 34-Member WHO Executive Board in Geneva on 26 January 2019.

Earlier, the 11-Member countries of the Region had unanimously nominated her for a second five- year term as Regional Director in September 2018. In her second term, the Regional Director is focusing on sustaining the gains made around the flagship priorities and other programmes in the Region, accelerating efforts and innovating, to meet the continuing and emerging public health challenges.

Experts review efforts to reduce maternal, newborn deaths

WHO/ P. Brown

South-East Asia Regional Technical Advisory Group (SEAR-TAG) met in New Delhi on 15-16 January 2019 to review efforts by Member States to accelerate reduction in newborn, child and maternal mortality in the Region.

Established in 2015 by the Regional Director, SEAR-TAG is focusing on reducing preventable maternal and perinatal mortality, including still births.

Polio-free WHO South-East Asia Region

Sanjit Das

On 13 January this year WHO South-East Asia Region marks eight years since the last case of wild poliovirus.

The Region continues to be polio-free due to ongoing efforts by member countries, partners and the people themselves to ensure all children are protected with polio vaccines.

A strict vigil is being maintained against polioviruses.

Tsunami hits Indonesia’s Sunda Strait

Crisis Centre MOH Indonesia

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.

Thailand becomes first in Asia to introduce tobacco plain packaging

World Health Organization commends Thailand on implementing stronger tobacco control measures by adopting plain packaging for tobacco products. It becomes the first country in Asia and the first low and middle-income country to take this firm step against tobacco use, the single most important cause of preventable deaths worldwide.