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Major Earthquake Hits Sulawesi, Indonesia, 28 September 2018

Earthquake and tsunami hit Sulawesi, Indonesia

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Donggala District Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on 28 September 2018. A tsunami hit Palu City, the provincial capital of Central Sulawesi, around fifteen minutes after the quake. The twin disaster affected over 500,000 people, damaging homes, leaving 70,000 homeless and causing loss of over 1500 lives.

The Government of Indonesia is spearheading the emergency response with exhaustive search and rescue operations, and healthcare efforts. WHO is closely monitoring the public health needs of the affected while supporting the national authorities in coordination of the health sector response.

WHO South-East Asia Region to intensify efforts to control dengue, eliminate malaria


Countries in WHO South-East Asia resolved to accelerate efforts to control dengue which threatens nearly 1.3 billion people with frequent and largescale outbreaks, and control malaria, that continues to be endemic in the Region.

The 11-Member countries of the Region which accounts for one-fourth of the global population, a disproportionate 58% of the global burden of Plasmodium vivax malaria, and is at increasing risk of dengue and other vector borne diseases in view of the increasing urbanization and climate change, adopted a resolution to prioritize dengue control and malaria elimination at the Seventy-first Regional Committee session held from 3 – 7 September 2018 in New Delhi.

WHO urges SEAR countries to strengthen emergency medical teams


World Health Organization has called upon countries in its South-East Asia Region to strengthen emergency medical teams, to be better prepared to respond to public health emergencies.

Strengthening national and regional-level emergency medical teams is a high-impact investment in reducing deaths, diseases and disabilities due to disasters, outbreaks and other emergencies. Emergency medical teams contribute to life-saving critical interventions.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh unanimously nominated for second term as Regional Director WHO South-East Asia

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh was today nominated for a second five-year term as Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia.

Dr Khetrapal Singh’s candidature was unopposed, as the 11 Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region met at the ongoing Regional Committee session to elect the next Regional Director.

WHO South-East Asia Region resolve to make essential medical products accessible, affordable to all


Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region today committed to make essential medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and medical devices affordable and accessible to all, both within the Region and beyond.

Health for all resonates at WHO Regional Committee session


Health ministers and experts from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region today began five day deliberations on priority issues, emphasizing on universal health coverage for ensuring health for all.

Seventy-first Session of the Regional Committee

Intensifying action to eliminate malaria, addressing the increasing threat of dengue, to improving access to essential medicines, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region are meeting in Delhi, India, from 3 to 7 September to discuss priority health issues in the Region, home to one-fourth of the world’s population.

One year on, Rohingyas’ health still a concern

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25 August marks one of the beginning of mass exodus of the Rohingyas into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. In the past year concerted efforts by the Bangladesh Government, WHO and health partners have helped save thousands of lives, and prevented and rapidly curtailed deadly disease outbreaks among the nearly one million Rohingya refugees. Despite these efforts, the Rohingyas remain vulnerable with their evolving health needs, and severe funding crunch threatening continuity of life saving health services in their camps. WHO continues to work with Bangladesh and partners support the health needs of this vulnerable population and remain vigilant against the spread of diseases. This situation continues to be very fragile.