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Preventing cervical cancer through HPV vaccination
WHO and Member States of its South-East Asia Region discussed HPV vaccination as a key intervention to prevent cervical cancer at a three-day meeting in New Delhi 5 – 7 June 2018. As many as 94 000 deaths due to cervical cancer, accounting for 17% of the cancer deaths among women, were reported in the Region in 2012.
Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Thailand have introduced HPV vaccination in their immunisation programme while Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal have completed demonstration projects. HPV vaccine introduction has been recommended by national immunisation advisory groups in India, Maldives and Myanmar. Cervical cancer elimination is a priority programme for WHO globally.
Strengthening emergency medical teams
Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) are almost always immediately deployed in health emergencies. A three-day regional consultation of WHO and Member States in South-East Asia Region began in New Delhi on 5 June to map and strengthen EMTs.
WHO is working with Member States to strengthen governance and coordination mechanisms for EMTs and build operational partnerships for effective emergency response through coordinated EMT network.
World No Tobacco Day
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease”.
Ihsan Doğramacı Family Health Foundation Prize
The Ihsan Doğramacı Family Health Foundation Prize is awarded to a person or persons globally recognized for their service in the field of family health. The 2018 prize of US$20 000 has been awarded to Professor Vinod Kumar Paul from India – for his remarkable work as a researcher, clinicians, educator and advocate in the area of newborn and maternal health, especially in developing countries.