1.17- Kobe reminds us again of the importance of disaster preparedness


On January 17, Hyogo commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in 1995. Kobe/Hyogo municipalities and communities demonstrated to the world how to recover and rebuild with vitality after a disaster using the concept of “creative reconstruction”.

The annual ceremony was held in HAT Kobe where international agencies and national/local institutes for disaster management and preparedness are concentrated to create a global information and innovation hub, and where the WHO Kobe Centre is located.

The WKC Director, Sarah Louise Barber, attended the ceremony representing WHO paying respect. Dr Barber noted “I would like to express my great respect to Hyogo/Kobe’s long standing commitment in reconstruction and their efforts to support other disaster stricken areas in the world using precious lessons they learnt from the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.”

2017 Year in review: Key health issues

Four nurses stand together.

This was a year of major achievements for WHO - from responding to disease outbreaks and crises, to shaping global policy, to the election of a new Director-General.

Review and relive some of the biggest health stories from WHO in 2017.

RFP:The burden of cancer and its health system impact in ASEAN member countries and policy responses in light of Universal Health Coverage

Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. At present, there are 14 million new cases annually, and this number is expected to increase by 70% over the next 2 decades.
The objective of this study is to assess the burden of disease from cancer across ASEAN countries, the reasons for such variations, the extent to which the cases can be prevented and effectively managed in terms of public policy and regulatory measures, and effective clinical treatment and control programs. We welcome application from researchers especially in Japan and ASEAN countries.

Submission deadline: 5 January 2018, 18:00 Japan time

Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses

Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, speaking at UHC Forum in Tokyo, Japan

Health is a human right. But we have a long way to go until everyone can get the quality health care they need and deserve. According to a new report from the World Bank and WHO, at least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health. And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets.

The historic Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum in Tokyo between 12-15 December culminated in a declaration to galvanize action toward #HealthforAll.

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