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.
- - Flyer: Working together to prevent suicide
- - Infographic #1: Do you know someone who may be considering suicide?
- - Infographic #2: Do you feel like life is not worth living?
- - Develop and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote mental health
- - Learn more on the Day
- - Learn more on suicide prevention
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?
- - Update #3: Multilateral agencies launch a joint plan to boost global health goals
- - Update #2: WHO welcomes landmark UN declaration on universal health coverage
- - Update #1: Countries must invest at least 1% more of GDP on primary health care to eliminate glaring coverage gaps
- - Watch: What is UHC?
- - Learn more about UHC
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?
WHO's Work in Nepal
- - First Ever 'World Patient Safety Day' Observed
- - Updates from 72nd WHO SEAR Regional Committee
- - Nepal achieves Hepatitis B control
- Collaborating for Nepal’s Vision
- Combating the Silent Killer in Nepali Homes
- - Nepal Health Ministry Stresses Adverse Effects of Tobacco Use
- - Nepal at The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA72)
- - #SpeakUp for Road Safety | Save Lives
- - Information on Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Identified in Human in Nepal
- - World Health Statistics Published
- - Kathmandu to mitigate air pollution with UHI: First in Asia
- - Fifth National Health Accounts Released
- - Treating Wastewater for the Good of the Nation
- - Celebration Ceremony of Trachoma Elimination from Nepal
- - Nepal’s Hard-fought Victory Against Rubella
- - Nepal Achievements Report
WHO Official Days
- Nepal Health Accounts 2012/13 - 2015/16
- Confronting Rubella with Nepal Factsheet
- - Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme to Address Equity, Social Determinants, Gender and Human Rights in Nepal