The Work of WHO in the South-East Asia Region, 2006
Other Titlesreport of the Regional Director, 1 July 2005 - 20 June 2006
AbstractThe 11 Member countries comprising WHO's South-East Asia Region are at varying stages of development. Diverse as they are in terms of socioeconomic development, what binds the Member countries of the Region together is their common resolve to achieve better health for their people. Faced with formidable challenges including lack of adequate human and financial resources and the double burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases, all Member countries have taken bold initiatives to address these complex issues. In keeping with its mandate, WHO has collaborated with its Member countries in their health development endeavours and in effectively dealing with the threat of emerging diseases - the most recent example being avian influenza which affected four countries in the Region. While most countries affected by the tsunami of December 2004 are well into the rehabilitation and recovery phase, the lessons learnt are being assimilated to enable them to be better prepared and to further strengthen their health systems. What stands out clearly in this context is the broad acceptance of health as being central to development and the need for multisectoral efforts to achieve the health targets set by the Millennium Development Goals. This report highlights WHO's collaborative activities in the Member countries during the period under review. While achievements have been underscored, the prevailing challenges and measures to address them have also been identified.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2006). The Work of WHO in the South-East Asia Region, 2006. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206481