On 28 July WHO observes World Hepatitis Day to encourage the elimination of hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. Each year viral hepatitis infects millions of people across the Region, causing around 410 000 deaths. It is estimated that just one in ten people infected with the disease know their status. WHO urges everyone to inform themselves about the infection, get tested and seek treatment to reduce needless deaths from this preventable and treatable infection.
On 1 July 2017, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus begins his 5-year term as WHO’s new Director-General. Dr Tedros previously served as Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia and as Board Chair of the Global Fund and Roll Back Malaria Partnership. Dr Tedros plans to focus on five main areas of work during his tenure. They are: achieving universal health coverage; strengthening the capacity of national authorities and local communities to detect, prevent and manage health emergencies; improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents; addressing the health impacts of climate and environmental change; and building a transformed, transparent and accountable WHO.
Union Health Minister conferred the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award of contribution to global tobacco control
Mr J.P. Nadda, Union Health & Family Welfare Minister was conferred the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award at a national consultation held in New Delhi on prioritizing and accelerating tobacco control efforts for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
International Conclave on Good Regulatory Practices in India
United Nation’s Special Envoy on Tuberculosis visits India
Punjab first state to introduce injection safety programme
National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) launched
National Consultation on Tobacco Free Films Policy
National Workshop on Reprioritization of Diseases under Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme
- COP7- India: Seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)
Advanced in-country workshop on Good Manufacturing Practices for regulatory inspections using Quality Risk Management approach
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4th National Technical Consultation on Viral Hepatitis jointly organized by WHO, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences
Round Table Discussion on Strategies to Address Health Impacts of Air Pollution
World No Tobacco Day
- Inter-Ministerial Consultation on Containment of Antimicrobial Resistance
- Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India visits Uttar Pradesh
- Technical briefing for media on World Health Day 2017
- Health Baithak – From depression to wellness
- Health Baithak – Leveraging mhealth for maternal and newborn health
- Health for Inclusive Development, at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017