On this World AIDS Day with the theme “Close the gap”, the World Health Organization, Regional Offices for South-East Asia and Western Pacific are calling on Member States to recognize that in order to close the significant gaps that remain for millions of people to access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, key populations most vulnerable to HIV must be equal partners with governments and health authorities.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women reiterates countries’ endorsement that violence against women is a grave human rights violation, discriminatory in law and practice and hinders health, well-being and productivity of individuals, communities and societies.
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.
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