Country profiles on implementation of WHO framework convention on tobacco control in WHO South-East Asia Region
WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR) is home to about one fourth of the world's population. Studies show that more than half of adult males and nearly two in ten adult females use tobacco in one form or another. There are wide-ranging differences among countries as within countries in relation to tobacco use: the prevalence, types of tobacco used, gender disaggregation, etc. Types of tobacco used and prevalence of tobacco use for adults and youth is documented in this profile by age and sex groups based on available survey data. Member States of WHO South-East Asia Region have been implementing tobacco control measures in line with the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). They are in various stages of adopting legislations, enforcing them and enhancing tobacco control measures. Since the advent of WHO FCTC, structures for the implementation of tobacco control programmes have been established in most countries. These structures are tasked primarily to monitor and facilitate implementation of the tobacco control laws that are in place. The tobacco control infrastructure as well as existing tobacco control legislations, health warnings, taxation on tobacco products, tobacco industry and tobacco agriculture are also documented in this profile. At the Sixty-eighth Session of the Regional Committee, Member States unanimously adopted the Dili Declaration to accelerate implementation of WHO FCTC. This profile will be of benefit to Member States to monitor their tobacco control activities while accelerating the implementation of WHO FCTC.
Strategic plan for measles elimination and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome control in the South-East Asia Region, 2014-2020
The Sixty-sixth WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia in September 2013 resolved to adopt the goal of measles elimination and rubella/CRS control in the South-East Asia Region by 2020. In response, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia developed this Strategic Plan for Measles Elimination and Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Control in the South-East Asia Region. This strategic document provides technical support to Member States in their efforts to develop elimination policy and strategies, while strengthening their immunization and surveillance systems and improving their programme performance. In this way, these ambitious 2020 goals can be met.