News: The 73rd session of WHO South East Asia Region was held under the Chairmanship of Minister of Health,Thailand.
- WHO South East Asia Region(SEAR): It was established at the First World Health Assembly in 1948.
- Objective: To address persisting and emerging epidemiological and demographic challenges in the South East Asia Region.
- Member States: It has 11 Member States – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste.
- Regional Office: New Delhi.
- Programmes: The Region has eight flagship priorities.
- Measles and rubella elimination
- preventing non-communicable diseases
- reducing maternal, under-five and neonatal mortality
- universal health coverage with a focus on human resources for health and essential medicines
- combating antimicrobial resistance
- scaling up capacities for emergency risk management
- eliminating neglected tropical diseases and accelerating efforts to end TB.