Regional strategy for healthy ageing 2013-2018

Most individuals now reach old age, and the proportion of elderly persons in the Member States of the WHO's South-East Asia Region will continue to increase over the years. This demographic shift to a large proportion of elderly persons will challenge the existing public health and social services in the Member States. The focus on ageing is not only to prolong life but also to improve the quality of life of elderly persons.

Healthy ageing is a process of optimizing opportunities for physical, social and mental health to enable the elderly persons to take an active part in society without discrimination and to enjoy an independent and good life.

This Regional Strategy for Healthy Ageing has been formulated to assist Member States to establish core interventions for promoting and strengthening healthy ageing with the overall goal to promote healthy ageing and care of the aged throughout the life-course.

Situation of newborn and child health in South-East Asia: progress towards MDG 4

The Situational Analysis is a compilation of factsheets on newborn and child health for the Member States in the South-East Asia Region of WHO. It has been prepared by undertaking an in-depth review of the most recent national household surveys like Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, other national reports, and international data wherever available.

The information covers the demographic indicators, mortality, nutrition status, and coverage of the core interventions for newborn and child health, as well as water and sanitation situation. It also highlights the existing socio-economic disparities in newborn and child health in relation of mortality and intervention coverage levels.

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