Road Safety Week
Globally 1.25 million people die in road traffic crashes every year. Road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death among all age groups and the number one cause of death among those aged 15–29 years.
This year the road safety week focuses on speed, one of the key risk factors for road traffic fatalities and injuries. Countries successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritizing speed management.
Hand Hygiene Day 2017
Hand hygiene is a crucial component in reducing the spread of diseases and combating antimicrobial resistance. This is especially true in healthcare settings where health workers come in contact with many patients.
Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated every year on May 5, is a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in health care. The slogan for the day this year is "Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands".
1.5 million confirmed cases of malaria were reported in the Region in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, malaria cases dropped by an estimated 54% and the mortality rate by 46%. In 2015 and 2016 respectively, the Maldives and Sri Lanka were certified as malaria-free.
Despite successes, enhancing prevention using our effective vector control tools and closing the gaps in coverage is critical to ending malaria for good. World Malaria Day is marked every year on April 25.
World Health Day 2017, Depression: Let’s Talk
Nonthaburi, 5 April 2017 – WHO Thailand in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand have organized a press conference on “World Health Day 2017, Depression: Let’s Talk” aim to provide more information about depression. Dr Sophon Mekthon, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Dr Daniel Kertesz, WHO Representative to Thailand and Dr Boonruang Triruangworawat, Director-General, Department of Mental Health have made statements at the Department of Mental Health.
1 April 2017
World Health Day is observed on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO. It provides us with an opportunity to mobilize actions around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of World Health Day campaign this year is depression. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression seek and receive help.
27 October 2016
Over one million people in low- and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago. The new medicines have a cure rate of over 95%, fewer side effects than previously available therapies, and can completely cure the disease within three months.
16 September 2013
Lead is a toxic metal whose widespread use has caused extensive environmental contamination and health problems. In 2013 lead exposure accounted for 853 000 deaths and 16.8 million life years lost due to its long-term effects on health. An important source of lead exposure, particularly in children, is paint containing high levels of lead. From 23 to 29 October 2016 the international lead poisoning prevention week of action takes place, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint.
7 June 2016
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.