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Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

The author is the World Health Organization Regional Director for South-East Asia
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Lift the burden, leave no one behind

Published On: November 7, 2019 09:09 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

In the WHO South-East Asia Region, neglected tropical diseases are being tackled with firm resolve. Accelerated action will rout them altogether

We must be bold to end TB by 2030

Published On: October 31, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

The World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report, released on October 17, outlines several positive trends in the battle against the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

Poised for progress

Published On: October 13, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

How the WHO South-East Asia Region’s updated Flagship Priorities will accelerate its winning trajectory

Protected together

Published On: September 12, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

WHO South-East Asia Region’s health ministers have made a bold commitment to adopting a five-year plan to scale up emergency preparedness and response

Promoting breastfeeding

Published On: August 4, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Breastfeeding is humanity’s oldest and most powerful formula to advance newborn health and promote sustainable development. It is a formula we must harness to maximum effect

Securing safe health services

Published On: July 14, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Adequate water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities are critical to patient and health worker safety. Here’s how to secure it

Biting back

Published On: June 9, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Snakebite is a serious cause of disability and death in mostly poor, rural and hard-to-reach communities worldwide. Though just 250 of 3000-odd species of snakes are medically important, their impact can be devastating: Across the globe, snakebite envenoming is reported to cause the death of up to 138 000 people annually, while up to three times that number are estimated to suffer amputation, physical or psychological disability. The need to take action is clear, and core to the principle of leaving no one behind.

Eliminating cervical cancer

Published On: May 9, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Comprehensive screening, vaccination and treatment, including of pre-cancerous lesions, is crucial for eliminating cervical cancer

Now is the time

Published On: March 24, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Each of the WHO South-East Asia Region’s Member States has played a critical role in the global push to End TB by or before 2030. In 2017, for example, health ministers from across the region issued a Call for Action, highlighting the measures needed to rout the disease. That was built on the following year by a Statement of Action, which pledged intensified efforts to achieve that outcome, even as domestic funding reached unprecedented levels.

Sustain, accelerate, innovate

Published On: January 30, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

The WHO South-East Asia Region has made rapid progress in health and well-being. The journey continues

Let’s be active

Published On: December 23, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Physical activity is a core preventive health measure that enhances human capital and sustainable development. It should be embraced by all

What we need to know about hepatitis

Published On: July 28, 2018 01:25 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Viral hepatitis is currently killing an estimated 410,000 in our region annually—more than HIV and malaria combined.

Health for all

Published On: July 9, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Whether a country is rich or poor, progress is possible. Some countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region have already made significant advances