World No Tobacco Day 2017

Every year, on 31st May, WHO commemorates World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The theme for this year’s WNTD 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."

Tobacco use kills more than 7 million people every year and costs households and governments over US$ 1.4 trillion through healthcare expenditure and lost productivity. It is for the first time tobacco control is included in the Sustainable development goals. Strengthening implementation of WHO FCTC is reflected in SDG 3a as a key element to achieve sustainable development goals.

World Health Day 2017 - Depression: Let's talk

Depression affects an estimated 86 million people of all ages in the WHO South-East Asia Region. It causes mental anguish and impacts people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year olds. Depression can be prevented and treated.

World Health Day campaign this year focuses on Depression Let’s talk, and calls on individuals, communities and countries to talk about it more openly.

Nepal Health Minister launches the WHO NCD PEN package

As a follow up of the commitment of the 69th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia and the Colombo Declaration on “Strengthening health systems to accelerate delivery of noncommunicable services at the primary care level”, H.E. Minister of Health Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa launched the WHO NCD PEN package in Kailali district on 5th October. Nepal is in the process of piloting PEN in 2 districts. The Minister has repeatedly expressed strong commitment for NCD prevention and control and he called for a rapid scale up of PEN. WR Dr Jos Vandelaer highlighted the urgency to address the growing burden of NCDs in Nepal and the importance of early detection of NCDs and access to services for prevention and treatment.

Nepal conducts the first High Level Committee Meeting chaired by Chief Secretary

The Ministry of Health and WHO Country office in Nepal organized the first High level Committee (HLC) meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases on 28th September. The meeting was chaired by the chief secretary, Dr Som Lal Subedi, with the Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Senendra Raj Upreti, as the member secretary. The Secretaries of key Line Ministries who are members of the committee participated in the meeting. The WR to Nepal Dr Jos Vandelaer, the Director Noncommunicable Diseases and Environmental Health WHO Regional Office, Dr Thaksaphon (Mek) Thamarangsi and high level MoH officials were also present in the meeting.


Ministry of Health, with the help of WHO and GIZ, is strengthening mechanisms to track and monitor Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to better inform health financing policies and strategies. In this process, National Health Accounts 2009/10 – 2011/12 was published recently which can be accessed using the link below. This latest report shows that out of pocket expenditure remains still high (53% of THE in 2012). Moreover, 40% of the CHE has been consistently major spending on pharmaceuticals. For more details, please read the full report:

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