In a major step to boost the health-care assistance to earthquake survivors who have been unreachable since last week’s disaster, the World Health Organization today announced the establishment of a new field office in the Gorkha district of Nepal. From there, WHO and the national authorities will be able to coordinate land and air support to rush medicines, health care professionals and other life-saving resources to some of the most remote regions impacted by the earthquake.
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.
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.