Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border.

Greater Mekong countries pledge to accelerate malaria elimination efforts

Member countries comprising Greater Mekong subregion - Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – adopted a call for action on 8 December 2017, to accelerated action to eliminate malaria by the year 2030.

The call comes amid concern over resistance of malaria parasites to antimalarial drugs, including artemisinin—the core compound of the best available antimalarial medicines. To date, resistance has been detected in five of the six GMS countries. The best way to address the threat posed by drug resistance is to eliminate malaria altogether from the countries of the Mekong.

Diphtheria is spreading fast among Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of the Red Cross.

WHO is working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and partners to contain the spread of the highly infectious respiratory disease through effective treatment and adequate prevention.

WHO South-East Asia countries to accelerate efforts to eliminate malaria


Following significant and sustained progress in reducing malaria incidence and deaths in recent years, Member countries of the Region have pledged to further accelerate efforts to eliminate the disease by 2030.

Ministers of Health and senior health officials from Member countries signed on a declaration on 29 November 2017 in New Delhi, committing to the cause, as despite progress, the Region has the second highest malaria burden and the highest Plasmodium vivax malaria burden globally.

Phuket Commitment

Alarmed at the increasing incidence of deaths and injuries in road crashes, countries in WHO South-East Asia Region adopted ‘Phuket Commitment’ pledging to accelerate action for road safety, focusing on vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, other two-wheeler riders, cyclists and pedestrians.

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World Health Day 2017

Depression: Let's talk

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of WHO.

The World Health Day this year focuses on ‘depression’.

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