Public health risks monitored closely in Sri Lanka
WHO is working closely with Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoH) to monitor health trends in Sri Lanka following the recent floods and landslides which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Communities are at increased risks of water borne, vector borne and diarrheal diseases in affected areas. Temporary medical camps have been established by MoH and the Ministry of Defense and disease surveillance is a top priority. 1 500 health workers have been deployed and essential medicines have been distributed to affected areas. WHO has provided emergency relief items and technical support to address the emergency health needs of the population.
New recommendations for dengue vaccine
16 April 2016 -- Dengue is the world’s most extensively spread mosquito-borne virus – in the last 60 years, global incidence of the disease has increased 30-fold. The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization has recommended that a vaccine for dengue, called Dengvaxia (CYD-TDV), be considered for use in geographic settings with high endemicity.
Over 90 million adults have diabetes in the South-East Asia region. Half of those with diabetes remain undiagnosed. The diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing across the world, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries.
A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.
Second Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations
8 March 2016 -- Since the Emergency Committee on Zika virus first met on 1 February, substantial new research has provided increasing evidence of a causal relationship between Zika virus and the occurrence of fetal malformations and neurological disorders. The Committee gave recommendations on surveillance, vector control, risk communication, clinical care, travel measures for pregnant women, research and product development.
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
Emergency and Humanitarian Action
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