The interim guidance on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus has been updated with new evidence and advice. The primary transmission route of Zika virus is via the Aedes mosquito, however mounting evidence shows that sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible and more common than previously assumed. This is of concern due to an association between the Zika virus and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
This year, WHO is encouraging people to “Support mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere,” as all of society has a role to play in making our communities more breastfeeding-friendly. This year’s theme for breastfeeding week, "Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development" ensures that the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding is emphasized in the era of sustainable development.
On 28 July 2016, WHO observes the World Hepatitis Day and encourages countries to address viral hepatitis. On World Hepatitis Day, WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to "Know hepatitis - Act now". The Organization urges everyone to inform themselves about the infection, take positive action to know their status by getting tested, and finally seek treatment to reduce needless deaths from this preventable and treatable infection.
Thailand's the first country in Asia that's achieved elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
On Monday 20 June 2016, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatdayadorn, Public Health minister along with representatives of UNICEF, UNAIDS and other international agencies met with General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister of Thailand at the government house to congratulate Thailand on the validation of elimination mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Thailand is the first country in Asia and second in the world that has achieved validation.
7 June 2016
Thailand received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation. Thailand’s pioneering success and leadership demonstrates how countries can make real change when good policy is followed up with high-level commitment.
31 May 2016
For this year's World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, WHO is calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style (plain packaging).
18 May 2016
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.