With inadequate sanitation accounting for health and economic losses of over 6 per cent of GDP improvements in sanitation and related hygiene behaviour has the potential to deliver huge economic benefits. These benefits would be most felt by the millions of people that make up the poorest sections of society. Investing in sanitation makes sound sense in terms of economics, society and human rights.
346 million people around the world have diabetes. The magnitude of the problem is huge and is growing rapidly. World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th each year to raise awareness on this public health issue. It is estimated that 2% of the population of Timor-Leste have diabetes. Healthy diet, including consumption of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, reducing sugar, salt and fat and sufficient physical activity can make a difference in preventing diabetes.
WHO has declared the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in some countries in West Africa a public health emergency of international concern. The main aim of this declaration is to contain the existing outbreaks and prevent further spread of Ebola through an internationally coordinated response.
- Preparedness is key to our fight against Ebola - Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia
- Tetun langugage: Prontidaun nu’udar xave atu luta hasoru Ebola - Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Diretór Rejionál, WHO Sudeste Aziátiku
- Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD)
- WHO updates - Ebola
18 August 2014: Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases, are the world’s most common, causing two out of every three deaths globally. These diseases kill 8.5 million people annually in WHO’s South-East Asia Region. Of these, 4.2 million deaths are considered premature.