World Cancer Day

Cancer is far from an equal-opportunity killer. In 2018 - 18.1 million new cases developed worldwide, while around 9.6 million people died from the disease. 70% of those deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries, including those of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

Inadequate access to cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment is the primary cause. Member States Region-wide have taken action.

Importantly, and as the theme of this year’s World Cancer Day – ‘I am and I will’ – emphasizes, each of us can be a changemaker.

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh reappointed Regional Director

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been appointed Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia, for a second five-year term.

The WHO Executive Board unanimously endorsed Dr Khetrapal Singh, who was earlier also unanimously nominated by 11 Member countries of the Region for another five years.

Treating Wastewater for the Good of the Nation

Globally, almost 70% wastewater is discharged directly to natural water resources or used by the people without being properly treated. The release of such polluted water to the environment, not only increases infections and diseases, but also increases antimicrobial resistance.

This is becoming a great threat to public health in Nepal.

The good news is that a technical working group has been formed to advise on effluent standards - standards to which wastewater must be treated to maintain acceptable quality – for Nepal.

Fifth National Health Accounts Released

The Ministry of Health and Population launched the fifth round of National Health Accounts (NHA) that presents health expenditures estimates of four fiscal years, from 2012/13 to 2015/16. WHO, Nepal Country Office, has been supporting the report, both technically and financially.

NHA tracks the spending to find how the funding was used to deliver the health services and goods to the people and helps in finding answers to key policy questions and inform policy decisions for health financing reforms.

Some key findings in the fifth round were that most household expenses were made on purchasing medications. Most spending concentrated towards remedying noncommunicable diseases, followed by communicable diseases.

World Health Day 2018: Universal Health Coverage

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