Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the world’s number one killers, claiming 17.5 million lives a year globally. In the WHO South-East Asia Region, cardiovascular diseases cause an estimated 3.7 million deaths annually, one fourth of all deaths. One third of these deaths from cardiovascular diseases is premature and occurs among those aged less than 70 years.
Thailand will start using The WHO Child Growth Standards on 1 October 2015. WHO will support Thailand’s efforts to ensure the highest standards of growth monitoring for its children, and allow a standardized and evidence based approach to growth monitoring. WHO would like to congratulate Ministry of Public Health, and reiterate WHO’s willingness to support the crucial work for improving nutrition and good health for Thai infants and young children.
WHO Regional Committee meeting, which ended on 11 September, adopted six resolutions on priority areas. The countries resolved to strengthen cancer prevention and control programme, tobacco control, preparedness to respond to emergencies and outbreaks, anti-microbial resistance, community based health services and patient safety for sustainable Universal Health Coverage.
Suicide needs attention as a public health problem not only because of the huge social and emotional burden it has on the family and society, but also because of the scope of prevention that it presents. The World Suicide Prevention Day is a call for action by countries, organizations, communities and individuals for joint action to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention.
4 August 2015
On the World Humanitarian Day, the World Health Organization extends its deepest gratitude to the health workers and volunteers who, despite significant personal risk, extend selfless services to the affected people during disasters and emergencies. We salute these heroes.
Children to call for better support in road safety at Race for Survival
10 August - Child representatives from six schools in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) along with representatives from BMA, Ministry of Labor, Save The Children, WHO, and other relevant organizations at both international and national levels join the event of ‘’Race for Survival’’ to reinforce the importance of helmet wearing to increase child survival at Bang Chak School, Bangkok.
Heavy rains trigger floods in Myanmar, WHO releases emergency funds
Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected. WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response.