World Health Day 2018 - Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere
Universal health coverage (UHC) is about ensuring all people get the quality health services they need, without experiencing financial hardship.
On the occasion of World Health Day, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance health for all.
The story of the National Health Laboratory (NHL) of Timor-Leste is one of perseverance and success. Following independence in 2002, the NHL, along with the majority of the country’s health infrastructure, was in poor shape. However, through close collaborations between the Ministry of Health and WHO, the lab now has four full time technicians and the capacity to conduct a wide range of pathogen detection, including influenza typing and subtyping.
The Ministry of Health begin influenza surveillance in late-2016 with support from WHO Country Office for Timor-Leste under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) programme. Prior to this, no surveillance or testing was being conducted for influenza, a viral disease that causes substantial morbidity and mortality. “At the laboratory we were doing malaria, HIV, syphilis, measles, and a whole lot of other tests but influenza,” says Euegenia Antonio da Costa, lab technician at the NHL.
Timor-Leste PM gets WHO award
The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Dr Rui Maria de Araújo was conferred the 2016 WHO World No Tobacco Award by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, at a ceremony in Dili on 4 July.
“The award acknowledges Dr Araújo’s outstanding leadership and commitment towards tobacco control. Not only did the Prime Minister take full political ownership, through direct participation he affected change at all levels. He has been instrumental in promoting anti-tobacco messages and driving the message home that the future prosperity of Timor-Leste rests on the good health of all its citizens. Dr Araújo is an inspiration across his country and the Region,” Dr Khetrapal Singh said.