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.
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)
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
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.
- “Best Buys” to prevent noncommunicable diseases will save billions of dollars
- Preparedness is key to our fight against Ebola
- WHO present polio-free certificate to the Government of Timor-Leste
- Timor-Leste’s drive towards Universal Health Coverage highlighted at WHO Regional Conference in Bhutan
Health Sector development
- WHO bolster plans for blood transfusion service development in Timor-Leste
- Elimination Lymphatic Filariasis in TLS
- A National Parasite Survey in Timor Leste
- Timor-Leste eliminates Leprosy as a public health problem
- WHO goodwill ambassador for the human rights of people affected by Leprosy visits Timor-Leste