National Campaign launched to close the immunization gap

H.E. Prime Minster of Timor-Leste, Dr Rui Maria de Araújo and H.E. Minister of Health, Dr Maria do Céu Sarmento Pina da Costa launched a National Measles, Rubella and Polio Immunization Campaign on July 13th 2015, supported by Measles and Rubella Initiative, WHO, UNICEF and global immunization partners. This campaign targets 500 000 children throughout the country. 20-30 per cent of children miss out on basic vaccines in Timor-Leste each year, leading to recurrent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. The National Measles, Rubella and Polio Immunization Campaign aims to close the immunization gap, strengthen the routine immunization program and improve child health.

World No Tobacco Day receives highest level political endorsement in Timor-Leste

On May 29th 2015, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Arajo opened the National Advocacy Workshop to commemorate World No Tobacco Day 2015. In a country where 70% of men use tobacco, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste called for urgent action to protect the health of all citizens. H.E. Dr Rui Maria de Ara?jo challenged all Government Ministries to declare their public buildings tobacco free, including schools, universities, and public transport.

WHO setting up Gorkha field office to extend health-care reach in Nepal

In a major step to boost the health-care assistance to earthquake survivors who have been unreachable since last week’s disaster, the World Health Organization today announced the establishment of a new field office in the Gorkha district of Nepal. From there, WHO and the national authorities will be able to coordinate land and air support to rush medicines, health care professionals and other life-saving resources to some of the most remote regions impacted by the earthquake.

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