On April 7th, 2015, Ministry of Health and WHO commemorated World Health Day in Timor-Leste, highlighting the global theme and public health priority of ‘Food Safety.’ Ministry of Health hosted the event to raise public awareness on how to make food safe in the home and protect against food borne illnesses. Senior representatives from Government Ministries including Health, Agriculture and Fisheries, Education, Commerce, Industry and Environment attended the ceremony, alongside UN Agency representatives, hotel proprietors, restaurant owners, NGOs and several media outlets.
It has been a decade since the devastating tsunami hit this region with a vengeance claiming lives of close to 200 000 people, displacing more than 2 million from their homes and destroying /damaging huge areas of the natural environment and human built structures along the coast of 10 countries in South-East Asia and five countries in East Africa.
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.