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WHO South-East Asia countries to accelerate efforts to eliminate malaria
Following significant and sustained progress in reducing malaria incidence and deaths in recent years, Member countries of the Region have pledged to further accelerate efforts to eliminate the disease by 2030. Ministers of Health and senior health officials from Member countries signed on a declaration on 29 November 2017 in New Delhi, committing to the cause, as despite progress, the Region has the second highest malaria burden and the highest Plasmodium vivax malaria burden globally.
Alarmed at the increasing incidence of deaths and injuries in road crashes, countries in WHO South-East Asia Region adopted ‘Phuket Commitment’ pledging to accelerate action for road safety, focusing on vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, other two-wheeler riders, cyclists and pedestrians.
World AIDS Day
December 1 is World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Everybody Counts”. The Region has an estimated 3.5 million people living with HIV and experienced a 47% decline in new infections in 2015 compared with 2010. Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 aims to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. To achieve this we have to ensure that everyone has access to HIV prevention, all people living with HIV know their status and are treated.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
1 in 3 women globally are experiencing intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence by a non-partner. At 38%, the WHO South-East Asia Region has the highest regional estimates of violence against women in the world, putting women in our Region most at risk of violence. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
Bangladesh steps up vaccination for new Rohingya arrivals as measles cases rise
An increase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and their host communities in southern Bangladesh has prompted the Government and UN partners to step up immunization efforts in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters close to the border with Myanmar. Nearly 360 000 people in the age group of six months to 15 years, the new Rohingya arrivals in Cox’s Bazar and their host communities, irrespective of their immunization status, would be administered measles and rubella vaccine through fixed health facilities, outreach vaccination teams, and at entry points into Bangladesh.