World Toilet Day 2014 Improving sanitation would deliver enormous economic benefits

With inadequate sanitation accounting for health and economic losses of over 6 per cent of GDP improvements in sanitation and related hygiene behaviour has the potential to deliver huge economic benefits. These benefits would be most felt by the millions of people that make up the poorest sections of society. Investing in sanitation makes sound sense in terms of economics, society and human rights.

Urgent action needed on Diabetes

346 million people around the world have diabetes. The magnitude of the problem is huge and is growing rapidly. World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14th each year to raise awareness on this public health issue. It is estimated that 2% of the population of Timor-Leste have diabetes. Healthy diet, including consumption of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, reducing sugar, salt and fat and sufficient physical activity can make a difference in preventing diabetes.

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.

“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.

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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