World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Prevent, Test and Treat All”.

The Region has an estimated 3.5 million people living with HIV and experienced a 47% decline in new infections in 2015 compared with 2010.

Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 aims to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. To achieve this we have to ensure that everyone has access to HIV prevention, all people living with HIV know their status and are treated.

WHO felicitates Sri Lanka for eliminating malaria

WHO today felicitated Sri Lanka for eliminating malaria as a public health problem.

Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh handed over a plaque and certificate to the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka, Dr Rajitha Senaratne at a ceremony in Colombo.

WHO declared Sri Lanka as malaria free in September this year after the country completed 3 years without any case of indigenous malaria.

Scaling-up Capacities in Emergency Risk Management in SEAR Countries

Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region are meeting in New Delhi from 29 November to 1 December 2016 to strengthen emergency risk management.

A region prone to disasters, WHO South-East Asia accounted for 24% of the global mortality due to disasters in the last decade.

Strengthening emergency risk management and implementation of International Health Regulations are among the key priorities in the Region.

Launch of Initiative to Guarantee High-Quality Medical Products

In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.

The presence of poor quality medical products on the market is the result of limited regulatory capacity to enforce best practices needed to develop, produce and distribute them. The new South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) aims to change that.


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