Amitabh Bachchan appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region


World Health Organization today appointed legendary Indian movie star Mr Amitabh Bachchan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region.

Though preventable, viral hepatitis kills 410 000 people in the Region every year, mostly people in their productive years. Nearly 90 million people suffer from chronic liver disease that is driving rates of liver cancer and cirrhosis in the Region.

Road Safety Week

Globally 1.25 million people die in road accidents every year. Road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death among all age groups and the number one cause of death among those aged 15–29 years.

This year the road safety week focuses on speed, one of the key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Countries successfully reducing road traffic deaths have done so by prioritizing safety when managing speed.

Hand Hygiene Day 2017

Hand hygiene is a crucial component in reducing the spread of diseases and combating antimicrobial resistance. This is especially true in healthcare settings where health workers come in contact with many patients.

Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated every year on May 5, is a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in health care. The slogan for the day this year is "Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands".

‘Call for Action’ to accelerating efforts against neglected tropical diseases

Adopting a ‘Call for Action’ at a high-level ministerial meeting in Jakarta (25 - 27 April 2017), Member countries pledged according highest priority to accelerating efforts to eradicate, eliminate and control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Though there has been progress, WHO South-East Asia continues to bear the second highest burden of NTDs among six regions of WHO. The Jakarta Call for Action, could be an important turning point in further accelerating efforts against NTDs.

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

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New Delhi, India 110 002
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