Access to maternal and child health care in Nepal brings joy amid destruction

Access to maternal and child health care in Nepal brings joy amid destruction
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Dr Ritesh Thapaliya, a District Health Office medical officer who helped deliver a newborn in an open field in the midnight hours following the first quake, says that Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Illness Training provided by WHO has given him the knowledge and confidence to provide ongoing care for his district’s new arrivals and their mothers.

Emergency preparedness pays off as Kathmandu hospitals respond to earthquakes

Doctor works outside after Nepal Earthquake 2015
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Because of the training before the earthquake, when large number of injured patients began to arrive, the emergency responders could quickly prioritize the injuries and save lives. Though the devastation caused by the earthquakes is enormous, the strength of the retrofitted health facilities and the quick response of the health workers show that investment in preparedness pays off.

International Nurses Day, 12 May 2015

12 May is International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme for 2015 is “Nurses : A Force for Change : Care Effective, Cost Effective". WHO joins the International Council of Nurses (ICN), nursing organizations and nurses around the globe to celebrate this important day and commend the good work that nurses contribute to the health of people.

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    WHO released new guidelines recommending simplified indicators to measure the reach of HIV services, and the impact achieved at both the national and global levels. The new consolidated guidelines recommend the use of 10 global indicators to collect information along the cascade of HIV care and treatment as a principal way to track epidemics and responses. The guidelines aim to help national decision-makers access all HIV strategic information essentials in one place.

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    WHO committed to helping Nepal deliver health care to its citizens

    Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh visited Nepal and met with Honorable Minister of Health and Population, Nepal, Khagaraj Adhikari and other senior government officials. Dr Khetrapal Singh reiterated WHO's long-term support to strengthening Nepal's health system and disease outbreak prevention ahead of the rainy season.

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    WHO is surging additional medical supplies and health workers into the earthquake-affected region of Nepal to help the Government of Nepal provide rapid medical assistance to the thousands who have been injured in Saturday’s disaster. A surge team comprising of an emergency operation commander, two epidemiologists and two logisticians have been deployed to strengthen WHO support.

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