“Best Buys” to prevent noncommunicable diseases will save billions of dollars

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.

Preparedness is key to our fight against Ebola

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.

WHO present polio-free certificate to the Government of Timor-Leste

On July 20th, 2014, WHO Representative, Dr. Jorge Mario Luna presented the WHO polio-free certificate to the Vice Prime-Minister of Timor-Leste, H.E. Fernando ‘La Sama’ de Araujo and the Minister of Health, H.E. Dr. Sergio Gama Lobo. The South-East Asia Region was certified polio-free earlier this year.

All 11 countries of the region, including Timor-Leste, were able to satisfy the conditions of three years of zero confirmed cases due to indigenous wild polio virus. The last case of polio due to wild virus was reported in Timor-Leste in 1999. This historic milestone was achieved through intensive surveillance and immunization programmes combined with Regional and Global solidarity.

Timor-Leste’s drive towards Universal Health Coverage highlighted at WHO Regional Conference in Bhutan

Dr. Rajesh Pandav, Health Policy Adviser, WHO Country Office for Timor-Leste, Sr. Matteus Cunha, Head of Planning, Policy and Cooperation Department, Ministry of Health, Timor-Leste presents the EU WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership in Timor-Leste 2013-2015 annual report to Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, Dr Prakin Suchaxaya, Coordinator Gender Equity and Human Rights, SEARO, Dr Alaka Singh, Regional Adviser, Health Economics and Health Planning, SEARO and Dr Rui Paulo De Jesus, Regional Adviser, Leprosy, SEARO

The World Health Organization is bringing together international public health experts, development agencies and academia to share experiences and identify ways forward for universal health coverage (UHC) at a Conference on Advancing Universal Health Coverage in South-East Asia in Paro, Bhutan.

Country Cooperation Strategy

The first WHO Country Cooperation Strategy document of Timor-Leste was published in 2004 and during the last three biennia the WHO has developed its Work Plans according to the priorities identified in the first CCS

Strategic Development Plan

All Timorese should be proud not only of achieving our independence but also of the advancements we have made as a nation in such a short period. Unfortunately, it is common for countries emerging from conflict and fragility to take decades to achieve stability and sustained progress.


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