World No Tobacco Day (31st May 2008)
Theme : “Tobacco Free Youth”
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the world. Globally, most people start smoking before the age of 18, and almost a quarter of these individuals begin using tobacco before the age of 10. The younger children are when they first try smoking, the more likely they are to become regular tobacco users and the less likely they are to quit. More>…
World Health Day (7th April 2008)
Message from Director-General on World Health Day
Message from Regional Director on World Health Day
Outstanding Support Staff Award
Ms Indrani Dasgupta, Assistant to the WHO Representative to India, has received the Outstanding Support Staff Award on 7 April 2008. The award was presented by Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO Regional Director. In the proclamation speech, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Deputy Regional Director, stated that the award recognizes exceptional achievement and exemplary performance. The selection of Ms Dasgupta was made based on a thorough assessment and recommendation of the Awards Review Committee. Besides concrete measurable work outputs, the Committee also assessed special traits and attitudinal skills.
World TB Day 2008
This year’s slogan for the World TB Day, 24th March, is “I am stopping TB” and It is about celebrating the lives and stories of people affected by TB: women, men and children who have taken TB treatment; nurses; doctors; researchers; community workers--anyone who has contributed towards the global fight against TB.
A function was held in front of the historic Red Fort in Delhi to commemorate World TB Day in which hundreds of cured patients, volunteer-DOT-providers and workers of agencies/NGOs participated. The function was organized by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in partnership with the State Government of Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Central TB Division of the Ministry of Health, Government of India.
Ms Aarti Mehra, Mayor of Delhi, addressed the gathering and flagged off two vans carrying communication material on TB and a team of street performers to spread awareness about TB amongst the slum population of Delhi.
Avian Influenza in Poultry: West Bengal
Updates can be viewed on the following Government of India websites
1. Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
2. Union Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries
General Information on Avian Influenza:
What You Need to know and Do
Preventing Bird Flu: Questions and Answers [pdf]
Preventing Bird Flu: Precautions poultry farm workers should take [pdf]
A Manual for Improving Biosecurity in the Food Supply Chain: Focus on Live Animal Markets
A new initiative for a healthy nation
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has launched the pilot phase of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPDCS) on the 4th of January 2008.
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare highlighted the need for integrated prevention of NCDs through healthy lifestyles. Shri. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, chief guest of the launch, offered the support of the Planning Commission and emphasized the need for prevention programmes in existing health care schemes. The pilot phase is undertaken in 6 districts in 6 states with a financial outlay of 50 million rupees. More>…
New Delhi International Ministerial Conference on Asian and Pandemic Influenza, New Delhi, 4-6th December 2007
Recognizing animal diseases as a threat to global health and business, about 750 delegates including top health and veterinary scientists, policy-makers and ministers from 111 countries and 29 international and intergovernmental organizations, including the Director Generals of WHO, FAO, OIE and senior dignitaries of development agencies like the World Bank, USAID, DFiD came together to deliberate on ways to improve the global preparedness for avian and pandemic influenza at the ‘International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza’ in New Delhi held at Vigyan Bhavan from 4th to 6th December 2007. The conclusions of the meeting and the road map would be finalized by the government organizers in due course. More>…