WHO provides critical support to Sri Lanka’s early recovery and response efforts
The World Health Organization is supporting Sri Lanka’s early recovery and response following the country’s recent floods and landslides. Over 100 lives were lost in the disaster and over 400 000 people were affected, many of whom were displaced from their homes. WHO is supporting the deployment of mobile health teams with essential medical supplies to affected populations. WHO has also secured funding from the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) to provide emergency support at this critical time.
Maldives and Sri Lanka eliminate lymphatic filariasis
In a significant progress against neglected tropical diseases in WHO South-East Asia Region, Maldives and Sri Lanka have eliminated lymphatic filariasis, a disease that was crippling people for decades, forcing them to lead a life of stigma, discrimination and poverty. In the Region, WHO has been prioritizing finishing the task of eliminating diseases on the verge of elimination. Following Maldives and Sri Lanka’s success, lymphatic filariasis endemic countries working towards elimination is now reduced to seven in the Region.
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.
- WHO provides critical support to Sri Lanka’s early recovery and response efforts
- Maldives and Sri Lanka eliminate lymphatic filariasis
- World Health Day 2016: Prevent. Treat. Beat diabetes
- Second Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations
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