Address air pollution and its growing disease burden as a priority: WHO


A new WHO report on ambient air quality shows that rising levels of air pollution are the world’s biggest environmental risk to health. Air pollution causes long lasting disease and illness in addition to around 799 000 deaths annually in countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

Air pollution and its growing disease burden must be addressed on a priority basis. Using the WHO data and decision-making frameworks to tackle air pollution is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those that relate to health, urban development and sustainable and clean energy.

WHO provides emergency health supplies, funds to flood-hit DPR Korea


World Health Organization is providing emergency health supplies and funds to DPR Korea where flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains have left hundreds of thousands of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in its northern provinces.

To meet immediate health needs of the affected population, USD 175,000 has been made available from WHO South-East Asia Regional Emergency Fund (SEARHEF). Medicines and medical equipment have been provided in form of 26 emergency health kits.Each emergency health kit can take care of health needs of 10 000 population for three months. Five tents have been provided to establish temporary hospitals in the affected areas along with diarrhoeal kits, water filters and water testing kits.

South-East Asia countries to set up fund for health emergencies preparedness


In a critical step for emergency preparedness across the WHO South-East Asia Region, Member countries today agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the Region, which is one of the most disaster-prone.

Address double burden of malnutrition: WHO

At the Sixty-ninth Regional Committee meeting of WHO South-East Asia Region, WHO has called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across the Region, particularly women and girls.

The current nutrition profile of the South- East Asia Region is characterized by under nutrition rates that are declining slowly alongside rapidly rising rates of overweight and obesity, often within the same communities, and even in the same households. This double burden is depriving people of reaching their potential, and is fueling rising rates of noncommunicable diseases.

A Strategic Action Plan to Reduce the Double Burden of Malnutrition in the South-East Asia Region 2016-2025 has been adopted by Member countries to address the problem.

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