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World Leprosy Day (63rd) : 'To live is to help to live'

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World Leprosy Day takes place on the last Sunday in January, The day aims to raise awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct. It was chosen by French humanitarian Raoul Follereau in 1953. Leprosy is an infectious disease of the skin and nerves which, if not diagnosed and treated quickly, can result in debilitating disabilities. The effects of leprosy are exacerbated by the negative stigma surrounding the disease.




The theme of World Leprosy Day 2016 is'To live is to help to live'.It is a 63rd World Leprosy Day. Leprosy is one of the Neglected tropical diseases. Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and also the eyes, apart from some other structures. Leprosy has afflicted humanity since time immemorial. It once affected every continent and it has left behind a terrifying image in history and huma…

Zika virus: Emerging mosquito-borne virus in Public Health

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Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Genre: Flavivirus Vector: Aedes mosquitoes (which usually bite during the morning and late afternoon/evening hours) Reservoir: Unknown Transmission Zika virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes aegypti in tropical regions. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Zika virus disease outbreaks were reported for the first time from the Pacific in 2007 and 2013 (Yap and French Polynesia, respectively), and in 2015 from the Americas (Brazil and Colombia) and Africa (Cape Verde). In addition, more than 13 countries in the Americas have reporte…

6 Recommendations of ECHO to reversing the rising trend of childhood obesity and overweight

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25 January 2016
World Health Organization
The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to the WHO Director-General today, culminating a two-year process to address the alarming levels of childhood obesity and overweight globally.




According to the report, many children are growing up today in environments encouraging weight gain and obesity. Driven by globalization and urbanization, exposure to unhealthy (obesogneic) environments is increasing in high-, middle- and low-income countries and across all socioeconomic groups. The marketing of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages was identified as a major factor in the increase in numbers of children being overweight and obese, particularly in the developing world.
The ECHO report proposes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the rising trend of children aged under 5 years becoming overweight and obese.  At least 41 million children in this age group are obese or overweight, with th…

Opportunity!! Short Course on ''Research Article Writing and Publishing'' Feb 3-4 2016

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“GBV Not Only a Societal Problem, a Public Health Problem Too”- WHO

Late Post At a WHO-sponsored event in Kathmandu organized as a part of ‘16 days of activism against gender based violence’ (GBV) from 25 November to 10 December, WHO Nepal’s Dr Akjemal Magtymova emphasized the public health dimensions of GBV and reiterated WHO’s commitment to help end the problem. 

“Violence against women is not only a societal problem, it is a public health problem too as it can have lasting physical and psychological effects. Strengthening health systems to address GBV is an important part of WHO’s support to its member states,” she said. 


According to Dr Magtymova, the problem of GBV – both at a global and local level – is significant. “While every third woman experiences physical or sexual violence globally, the burden in WHO’s South-East Asia Region is almost 38%, higher than the world average. In Nepal, as per 2011 data, 22% of women of reproductive age had experienced physical violence at least once since the age of 15, and 12% had experienced sexual violence at l…

Latest Ebola outbreak over in Liberia; West Africa is at zero, but new flare-ups are likely to occur -WHO

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14 JANUARY 2016 | LIBERIA - Today, WHO declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. But the Organization says the job is not over, more flare-ups are expected and that strong surveillance and response systems will be critical in the months to come.




Liberia was first declared free of Ebola transmission in May 2015, but the virus was re-introduced twice since then, with the latest flare-up in November. Today’s announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed patient in Liberia tested negative for the disease 2 times. All 3 countries at zero
“WHO commends Liberia’s government and people on their effective response to this recent re-emergence of Ebola,” says Dr Alex Gasasira, WHO Representative in Liberia. “The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of the government’s strengthened capacity to manage disease outbreak…

Conference Info:Second National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal April 11-12, 2016

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Second National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal April 11-12, 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal Theme "Health and Population Research for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Nepal" Dream big: Be a part of 2016 Summit

2016 Summit at a Glance The Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), established in 1991,as a commitment of Government of Nepal for the purpose of: regulating health research, generating and/or collating evidences for translation into policies and programs, and promoting the health research culture in the country is the apex body for health research in Nepal. The NHRC is celebrating 25 glorious years of its establishment on 11thApril, 2016. The Second National Summit of the Health and Population Scientists in Nepal is being held on 11th -12th April, 2016 as a continuum and part of Silver Jubilee Celebrationwith the theme of Health and Population Research for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nepal. Health and Population Scientists as a g…

Conference Info: First National Conference on Adolescent Health and Development (27-29 March 2016)

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The Ministry of Health, Department of Health Services, Family Health Division, in the support of the Support to Health Sector Programme (S2HSP/GIZ), IPAS, MSI, Save the children, UNFPA, FPAN and other development partners, is excited to announce Nepal’s First National Conference on Adolescent Health and Development, ‘My Health. My Rights. Our Future’, which will take place in Kathmandu from 27-29 March 2016. 





This conference will bring together the various sectors in Nepal associated with adolescent health, leading policy makers, practitioners, researchers, adolescent and youth representatives and media. There will be discussion how to advance the agenda and what it will take to best design and deliver effective adolescent health and development packages, as a shared aspiration and responsibility for the future. Experts within the country and the region and adolescent/youth leaders will engage in a dialogue with partners from the international community, development agencies, the priva…

SCHOLARSHIP FOR MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM(NCD)

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Second National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal, April 11-12, 2016

Second National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal, April 11-12, 2016, Kathmandu, Nepal
Theme "Health and Population Research for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Nepal" Dream big: Be a part of 2016 Summit 2016 Summit at a Glance The Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), established in 1991,as a commitment of Government of Nepal for the purpose of: regulating health research, generating and/or collating evidences for translation into policies and programs, and promoting the health research culture in the country is the apex body for health research in Nepal. The NHRC is celebrating 25 glorious years of its establishment on 11th April, 2016. The Second National Summit of the Health and Population Scientists in Nepal is being held on 11th -12th April, 2016 as a continuum and part of Silver Jubilee Celebration with the theme of Health and Population Research for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nepal. Health and Population Scientists as a g…

Parliament passes Vaccination Bill

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