Bi-Regional Meeting on the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (16-18 July, 2013)


WHO Bi-regional meeting on the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, was organized in Kathmandu during 16-19 July 2013, with the objectives of reviewing the progress of IHR 2005/APSED 2010 implementation, including national status towards fulfilling the IHR core capacity requirements; analyze the current situation on emerging infectious diseases and other public health events and emergencies in the Asia pacific region and ways to strengthen the public health response; and recommend the priority activities to be carried out in the forthcoming year by the member states and WHO. A total of 96 participants representing 32 countries, WHO HQ, WHO SEARO, WHO WPRO, AUSAID, European Commission, JICA, JICS, MBDS, PHA Canada, UNICEF ROSA, USDTRA, OIE, Embassy of Japan, European Commission, FAO Nepal, WHO country Offices from SEARO and WPRO participated the meeting.


The meeting was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mr Vidhyadhar Mallik, Hon. Minister for Health & Population, and Dr Praveen Mishra, Secretary MoHP, Nepal, as the special guest of the program. The technical sessions were chaired by specialists/dignitaries of the participating countries; first and final sessions were chaired by Dr G D Thakur, Director Epidemiology & Disease Control Division, DoHS, MoHP, Govt. of Nepal. On inauguration, WHO Representative to Nepal Dr Lin Aung delivered the message of Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO Regional Director, SEAR and Regional Advisor DSE WHO SEARO Dr Richard Brown introduced the participants and objectives of the meeting.

World No Tobacco Day (31 May, 2013)


World Health Assembly (WHA passed the resolution in 1988 for  the celebrating World No Tobacco Day WNTD every year on 31st May. Every year it is being celebrated with new theme to inform the public on the dangers of using tobacco for tobacco control activities. This year WHO selected “Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship ”as the theme of the WNTD 2013.

The commemoration of World No Tobacco Day 2013 was organized by National Health Education Information and Communication Centre under the Ministry of Health & Population, the national focal point for Tobacco Free initiative/program. The program was inaugurated by the Hon. Minister for Health & Population, Mr. Bidhyadhar Mallik and the opening session was chaired by Dr Praveen Mishra, Secretary of Health, MoHP. The program was celebrated nationwide with various advocacy and health promotion  activities in Nepal as per the WHO FCTC  for the tobacco control activities.


The WNTD celebration was also organized by Nepal cancer Relief Society, through an open theatre concert for advocacy against tobacco. In appreciation of the contribution of Nepal Cancer Releif Society in tobacco control in Nepal, WHO SEARO through WHO country office Nepal honored this year with RD's letter of appreciation. The appreciation letter was handed over by the honorable minister Mr Mallik to Mr Lokendra Shrestha, chairperson of Nepal Cancer Relief Society World No Tobacco day.


World Malaria Day 2012 was celebrated in Nepal with a slogan "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria", with a week long programmes in 13 high and 18 moderate risk districts of Nepal. Advocacy meetings with the journalists, rally by the students and debate programs among the school students were organized in districts. At central level, Director EDCD and National Malaria Program Manager, Dr G D Thakur organized an interaction meeting with the journalists on 23rd April 2012, followed by which the central level staffs departed to districts for supporting celebration and monitoring program. (More: )



World Health Day 2012 Celebration in Nepal (6 April 2012)


World Health Day (WHD) is celebrated every year as an advocacy tool, selecting key messages related to Global Health issue, highlighting priority area of concern to the Member States & WHO. First World Health Assembly held in 1948 recommended conducting advocacy programs on the occasion every year on 7th April, which is continued every year there after. WHD celebration is then taken as a worldwide opportunity to focus on Public Health issues affecting International community. The events are launched on the 7th day of April every year with different themes, slogans and advocacy programmes continues there after for longer term. World Health Day 2012 focused on “Ageing and Health” with the slogan   “Good health adds life to years”. World health day 2012, was celebrated in Nepal with organization of various program at central, regional and district levels and institutes. (More: )




World No Tobacco Day (31 May, 2011)


World Health Assembly (WHA), Member States of WHO passed the resolution for WNTD on 1988 for  the celebrating WNTD every year celebration on 31st May comes with new theme to inform the public on the dangers of using tobacco for tobacco control activities. This year WHO selects The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as the theme of the WNTD 2011.31st May 2011 WNTD has been celebrated nationwide with various advocacy and health promotion  in Nepal as per the WHO FCTC  for the tobacco control activities. (More: )




Launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 (11 May 2011)

A Global plan for launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 on 11 May 2011. The Plan for Action on: Building road safety management capacity; upgrading the safety of road infrastructure; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behavior of road users; and improving emerge. Globally, Road Traffic accidents about 1.3 Million people die every year, 3000 death each day. Twenty to fifty million more people sustain non fatal injuries, among them some are disabled permanently. Ninety percent of road traffic deaths occur in low and middle income countries. Road traffic injuries are among the three leading causes of death for the people between 5 and 44 years of age. Unless immediate and effective action if not taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the 5th leading cause of death in the world in 2030, resulting in an estimated 2.4 million deaths each year. A vast majority of these accidents occur in developing countries. (More: )

World No Tobacco Day Celebration (31 May 2010)

Nepal celebrated nation wide this year WHO Theme: “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis onmarketing to women” and focus on: “Harmful effects of tobacco marketing towards women and girls”. National Health Education Information and Communication Centre (NHEICC), Ministry of Health and Population (MOH&P)/ Department of Health Services (DHS) is the focal point  has taking initiative for tobacco control activities. All 75 districts, nation wide directed through District Public Health Offices (DPHO) and District Health Offices (DHO) to celebrate WNTD with theme. (More: )

Farewell to Dr. Alexander Andjaparidze and Welcome to Dr. Lin Aung (25 March 2010)

Farewell to Dr Alexander Andjaparidze, WHO Representative and Welcome to Dr Lin Aung designated WHO Representative to Nepal by H.E. Mr Umakant Chudhary, Minister of Health, H.E. Mr. Khadag Bahadur Basyal, State Minister Minister of Health and Population (MOH&P), Dr Sudha Sharma, Dr Praveen Mishra, Secretaries, Ag. Director General, Department of Health Services, Directors, Chief, Joint Secretaries and other officials of different Departments of Ministry of Health and Population and Department of Health Services at Ministry of Health and Population hall on 25 March 2010.


World TB Day Celebration (24 March 2009)

World TB Day 2009 was commemorated in Nepal on 24 March. Nepal National TB Programme organized several activities at the National, Regional and District levels. ‘I am stopping TB’ and ‘We Must Stop TB’ were the key slogan and theme of this year’s World TB Day which indicates the start of a campaign that belongs to people everywhere who are contributing their part to Stop TB. This year's World TB Day is about commemorating the lives and stories of people affected by TB: women, men and children who have taken TB treatment; nurses; doctors; researchers; community workers – and all others who have contributed towards the global fight against TB.

The main event was a gathering organized in the capital which was chaired attended by; Minister of Health and Population, Secretary of Health and Population, Member of National Planning Commission, Director General, DoHS, Director – NTC, Director, SAARC TB/HIV/AIDS Center, President, Nepal Anti TB Association, Representatives and staffs of national and international NGOs, WHO-Representative to Nepal and staffs of National TB Programme and SAARC TB HIV Center. The seminar was attend by over two thousand participant which came from different walks of life including community volunteer, religious groups, college and university students.

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