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.
Timor-Leste has now joined 10 other countries throughout the WHO South East Asia region, by launching the country’s first ever “Syphilis Screening Programme for Pregnant Women” on August 25th at the Vera Cruz Community Health Centre. The launch of this programme is an important step forward in national efforts to screen and treat Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). The programme will ensure early access to treatment for pregnant women who test positive for syphilis and prevent the transmission of the disease to newborn babies.
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)
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
- First ever Syphilis Screening Programme for Pregnant Women launched in Timor-Leste
- Preparedness is key to our fight against Ebola
- 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