Viral hepatitis kills approximately half a million people every year in the 11 countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region. An estimated 100 million people are currently infected with hepatitis B virus and another 30 million with hepatitis C virus. These chronic infections have the potential to progress to cirrhosis and cancer of liver.
Key populations such as men who have sex with men, people in prisons, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, are most at risk of HIV yet are least likely to access HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of national HIV plans, and discriminatory laws and policies are major barriers to access. WHO issues new recommendations for countries on health services and policy changes to turn the situation around.
3 July 2014 -- A new framework aims to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease. Today there are 33 countries and territories where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million population. The proposed framework builds on approaches that are already proving successful and highlights the effectiveness of eight key interventions.
The Thailand country office of the World Health Organization is now on Facebook. Come and follow our activities in the country. As a specialized UN agency for global health, the WHO first set up a country office in Thailand more than 60 years ago. It has been collaborating closely with the Royal Thai Government and other relevant partners over the past six decades on public health development in Thailand. That work continues today.
3 July 2014
On June 27, Dr Narong Sahamenthapat , Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand announced that the notice on increasing the size of the general health warning (GHW) pictures on tobacco products will come into effect in 90 days’ time.
1 July 2014
MDiabetes is the first project established for a French-speaking country under “Be He@lthy Be Mobile”, a joint global initiative by WHO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Throughout the month of Ramadan, people will receive text messages on their mobile phones to help guide them through the month of daytime fasting and evening feasts, which can be particularly challenging for people with diabetes.
23 June 2014
Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. Hepatitis remains largely ignored or unknown. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2014, WHO and partners urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to "think again" about this silent killer.