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Nepal validated for having eliminated trachoma


The World Health Organization has validated Nepal for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem – a milestone, as the country becomes the first in the Region to defeat the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.

Second cholera vaccination campaign


A massive cholera vaccination campaign began on 6 May 2018 to protect nearly one million Rohingyas and their host communities living in and around the refugee camps in Bangladesh, to prevent any potential outbreak during the ongoing monsoon season. This is a second cholera vaccination campaign being held for the Rohingyas and their host communities.

Fast-track efforts to eliminate rabies

WHO Indonesia

The World Health Organization calls upon Member States and partners to accelerate efforts to end rabies which causes 59 000 agonizing and painful deaths globally every year, one person every nine minute, mostly children and the poor.

The Region accounts for nearly 26 000 rabies deaths, 45% of the global rabies toll, as over 1.5 million people in the Region remain at risk of rabies.

Air pollution


The World Health Organization calls upon Member countries in its South-East Asia Region to aggressively address the double burden of household and ambient air pollution.

The Region accounts for 34% or 2.4 million of the 7 million premature deaths caused by household and ambient air pollution together globally every year.

World Malaria Day

Malaria prevention in Timor-Leste

1.4 million confirmed cases of malaria were reported in the Region in 2016. Between 2010 and 2015, malaria cases dropped by an estimated 54% and the mortality rate by 46%. In 2015 and 2016 respectively, the Maldives and Sri Lanka were certified as malaria-free.

Despite successes, enhancing prevention using effective vector control tools and closing the gaps in coverage is critical to ending malaria for good. World Malaria Day is marked every year on April 25.

World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2018

World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

This year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good.

KSRelief official visits Cox’s Bazar hospital

Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre's Supervisor General and Advisor at the Royal Court visited the Sadar District Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 12 April.

KSRelief has given US$ 2 million to WHO to double the hospital’s bed capacity from 250 to 500, improve trauma and emergency obstetric care services, and out-patient care. The funds are being used to expand, improve and strengthen services at the Sadar Hospital, the hub for providing lifesaving services to nearly 1.3 million newly arrived Rohingyas and their host communities.

World Health Day 2018 - Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere

Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people get the quality health services they need, without experiencing financial hardship.

On the occasion of World Health Day, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance health for all.

World TB Day 2018

Each 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.

Despite significant progress over the last decades, TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide. Achieving a TB-free world means building leadership and commitment at all levels of society, from the highest offices of government to community health workers and volunteers.

World Water Day - Nature for water


World Water Day is a special occasion. On 22 March every year people across the globe to take the opportunity to reflect on, celebrate and advocate for clean and abundant water.

As the theme of this year’s World Water Day – “nature for water” – highlights, it is imperative we preserve ecosystems that provide fresh water. Just 2.5% of the earth’s water is fresh. Most is frozen in ice caps. In theory, just 1% of the world’s water is fit for human consumption. In reality, the actual volume is much less.

Countries commit to intensified efforts, concrete progress to End TB


Tracking progress to eliminate tuberculosis, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region committed to further intensifying efforts to ensure rapid and concrete progress to End TB by 2030.

In a statement adopted at the Delhi End TB Summit, member countries unanimously agreed to accelerate efforts to End TB in the Region, host to one fourth of the global population but a disproportionate 46% of the global TB burden.

Global leaders meeting in Delhi to fast-track End TB efforts

Building on the momentum being created globally to end tuberculosis, world’s top infectious killer disease, leaders from across the globe are converging in New Delhi, India, for an End TB Summit to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action to reach 2030 End TB goal.

The Delhi End TB Summit 2018 will be inaugurated on 13 March by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, and addressed by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Women’s empowerment is a public health imperative

WHO Sri Lanka/ K Reidy

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.

Rohingya crisis: KS Relief gives US$2 million for health response


King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has announced a US$2 million grant to WHO for upgrading the Sadar District Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to enhance health care services for Rohingyas and their host communities.

At present, all patients with more serious conditions are referred to and treated at Sadar District Hospital. The funds will be used to double the number of in-patient beds from 250 to 500, and to improve trauma and emergency obstetric care services.

Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh


Six months after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are needed to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar. The vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.