International Yoga Day 2017


On 21 June the United Nations observe the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga can be practiced anywhere by people of all age groups, irrespective of their socio-economic status. It fits in very well with the healthy lifestyle that WHO has been strongly advocating for, throughout the life cycle - from childhood to healthy ageing.

WHO has been advocating physical exercise as one of the primary preventive measure against non- communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes and respiratory diseases, which are increasingly growing in numbers. Exercise is a must for physical wellbeing.​

Moving towards strategic purchasing for health in Asia

This year's Health Financing Policy Workshop focuses on 'Moving towards strategic purchasing for health in Asia'. Strategic purchasing is vital to achieving universal health coverage and ensuring health and well being for all.

The workshop is being attended by leading experts from the SEARO and WPRO Regions. The Second SEARO-WPRO Health Financing Policy Workshop is taking place in New Delhi, India from 19 to 22 June 2017.

Don't wait until disaster strikes: Give blood. Give now. Give often.

Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood.

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. This year's campaign focuses on blood donation in emergencies.

Bhutan and the Maldives eliminate measles

Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 Regional target.

World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia

Home to a quarter of the world population, WHO SEARO provides leadership on health matters, articulates evidence-based policy options,
provides technical support to countries and monitors health trends.

WHO South-East Asia Countries

World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia

World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi, India 110 002
Telephone: +91-11-23370804, 23370809-11