World Mental Health Day 2019 | October 10

Suicide is a public health problem, with WHO South-East Asia Region being the world’s most affected region, accounting for 39% of global suicide mortality.

Suicide is preventable. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts, from locking up pesticides and firearms to encouraging responsible media reporting.

Every 40 seconds we can prevent a tragedy. We can, and must, work together to prevent suicide.

Each of us can do our part.

WHO launches digital app to improve care for older people

The world’s population is ageing at a fast pace.

A longer life represents an important opportunity, not only for older people and their families, but also for societies as a whole. Yet, the extent of these opportunities depends heavily on one factor: health.

On the International Day of Older Persons – 1 October – WHO is launching a package of tools, including a mobile app to help health and social workers provide better care for older people, with practical guidance to address priority conditions including mobility limitations, malnutrition, vision and hearing loss, cognitive decline, depressive symptoms, and social care and support.

Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is possible only when no one is left behind.

UN General Assembly Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

United Nations General Assembly held a high-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) and invited heads of state, political and health leaders, policy-makers, and universal health coverage champions to advocate for health for all.

This meeting, held under the theme “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World,” aimed to accelerate progress toward UHC, including financial risk protection; access to quality essential health-care services, and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines; and vaccines for all.

The meeting aims to garner financial and political commitments from countries and sustain health investments, and willl result in a political declaration on universal health coverage, negotiated by Member States and endorsed by Heads of State.

What are the updates from the meeting?

Continuing the fight against dengue

First reported in 2004 from Chitwan district in a foreigner, dengue is now widespread and reported from more than 60 districts in Nepal. In 2019, large number of dengue cases were reported from cities like Dharan, Hetauda, Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan.

Understanding the fact that a multi-sectoral approach is required to fight the virus-infected mosquito which can be active, and breed, in each home or office, WHO Nepal mobilized stakeholders to concentrate various efforts to prevent and control the disease.

What were the initiatives taken?


World Health Day 2019: Universal Health Coverage


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