Timor-Leste students seek stringent anti-tobacco measures
Dili, 14 February : Seeking more stringent measures to dissuade youth from taking to tobacco, university students and members of the National Alliance for Tobacco Control, Timor-Leste, held a march here on the Valentine Day.
They submitted petitions to the National Parliament, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Commerce and Industry demanding ban on selling of tobacco to and by youth under 17 years. The students also sought a ban on sale of loose cigarettes /per unit. Over 2000 students from across the country signed the petitions.
Timor-Leste - Sri Lanka Twinning Arrangement for institutional Strengthening in immunization programme management in Timor- Leste
Strong immunization systems save lives. In recognition of this fact, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, WHO and Gavi, the vaccine alliance, signed a two-year ‘twinning’ agreement that will help strengthen immunization systems and knowledge-sharing between the two South-East Asia Region countries.
At the WHO South-East Asia Regional Committee side event, Timor-Leste Director-General of Health Services Dr Odete de Silva Viegas thanked Sri Lanka, WHO and Gavi for their support, outlining how immunization is key to Timor-Leste’s development trajectory: “When we invest in vaccines, we are investing in the future of the nation,” she said.
Timor-Leste PM gets WHO award
The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Dr Rui Maria de Araújo was conferred the 2016 WHO World No Tobacco Award by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, at a ceremony in Dili on 4 July.
“The award acknowledges Dr Araújo’s outstanding leadership and commitment towards tobacco control. Not only did the Prime Minister take full political ownership, through direct participation he affected change at all levels. He has been instrumental in promoting anti-tobacco messages and driving the message home that the future prosperity of Timor-Leste rests on the good health of all its citizens. Dr Araújo is an inspiration across his country and the Region,” Dr Khetrapal Singh said.