WHO South-East Asia Region eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus

Home to nearly one-fourth of the global population, the South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with the cases reduced to less than one per 1 000 live births in all districts across the 11 countries. MNTE for the Region became official after a team of experts validated the remaining provinces of ‪‎Indonesia. SEAR is the second region to achieve MNTE after the European Region.

Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities

A layer of haze covers a portion Mexico City.
EPA/M. Guzman

More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. According to the urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and middle income countries with more than 100 000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines.

World Malaria Day 2016: End Malaria for good

World Malaria Day 2016 in Thailand was celebrated in conjunction with the launch of the National Malaria Elimination Strategy 2017-2026, at the Centra Government Complex Hotel in Chaeng Wattana. The occasion was attended by more than 300 persons and officiated by the Minister of Public Health Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the Director-General of Department of Disease Control Dr Amnuay Gajeena, the World Health Organization Representative to Thailand Dr Daniel Kertesz, together with several government dignitaries, partners and stakeholders in attendance. In a symbolic gesture of partnership to “End Malaria for Good”, the event was officially launched by Dr Piyasakol, Dr Amnuay and Dr Kertesz.

World Health Day 2016: Prevent. Treat. Beat diabetes

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. Diabetes is also treatable. Diabetes can be controlled and managed to prevent complications.

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  • 24 March 2016

    Unite to End TB

    WHO Thailand supported the Ministry of Public Health and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to raise awareness for, and advocate for better TB Control in two separate events to mark World TB Day on 24 March 2016. The WHO Representative to Thailand, Dr Daniel Kertesz made a statement at a press conference at Siam Kempinski Hotel, along with the Director General, Department of Disease Control Dr Amnuay Gajeena. Dr Kertesz’s message focused on the need for early diagnosis, the wide spread use of new technologies and drugs, and for a strong coalition between the public and private sectors to help Thailand in Ending the TB Epidemic.

  • 15 March 2016

    Take measures to prevent environmental impacts on health

    Worldwide an estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012. WHO South-East Asia Region accounted for 3.8 million deaths. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries. These deaths account for 23% of the total fatalities each year, and 26% of deaths in children below five years of age. Living and working environments must be modified to improve health.

  • 25 February 2016

    Ensure a healthy and birth-defects free life for every new-born

    Globally, 1 in 33 new-borns have birth defects and an estimated 276 000 babies die within the first month as a result of them. The South-East Asia Region is the second most affected region in the world.On March 3 we observe The World Birth Defects Day. Initiated by global health organizations last year, the day is aimed at creating awareness on birth defects which continues to be an important cause of childhood death, chronic illness and disability in many countries. The day is a reminder to all of us to further commit our efforts towards ensuring a healthy and birth-defects free life for every new-born.

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