Good Health adds life to years

The World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day on 7 April to mark its founding day. This year's theme is Ageing and Health.
Ageing is a natural and inevitable process. For the past century and more mankind has been adding years to life. More people now survive the challenges of childbirth and childhood and live longer through adulthood to reach old age. This trend is not restricted to the resource-rich countries but has become a global phenomenon including the countries of South-East Asia. It has been estimated that over 8% of the population living in Member States of the World Health Organization's South-East Asia Region are above the age of 60 years. This proportion is expected to increase to 12% by 2025, and to over 20% by 2050.

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Pharmaceuticals in health care delivery in Timor-Leste


In accordance to the WHO Regional Strategy to promote rational use of medicines, Dr Kathleen Holloway, Regional Advisor Essential Drugs and Other Medicines, conducted a rapid situational analysis of the pharmaceutical situation in Timor-Leste during February 6-17, 2012. The situational analysis focused on health care delivery and use of medicines. Public health facilities and private pharmacies in three districts were visited. Meetings were held with major Ministry of Health departments, the Faculty of Medicine in the National University of Timor-Leste, the Institute of In-Service Training, the National Referral Hospital, the Timor-Leste Medical Association and Pharmacy Association. It was found that Timor-Leste has an extensive health care system in difficult terrain with trained health care personnel. The pharmaceutical sector faces challenges in areas of drug supply, selection, use, regulation, policy, information and coordination that need to be addressed. Resources and capacity to address many of the problems exist.

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Inaugurate the country’s very first such offices in the seaport of Dili

The obligations of IHR (2005) are specifically designed to strengthen public health capacities including those at designated airports and seaports in both routine circumstances and when responding to events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.  As part of this obligation member states are required to establish a clinic and port health office in the seaport and international airport.  On March 6th the Government of Timor-Leste, with help from World Health Organization and AusAID, and able to inaugurate the country’s very first such offices in the seaport of Dili.

WHO and the European Commission hands 20 Blue Trunk Libraries to the Ministry of Health


The Blue Trunk Library project was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used in rural and district health centres in developing countries as a way to compensate for the lack of up-to-date health information.

Initially created in English and French, the Blue Trunk Library was extended to Portuguese in 2006 as health professionals from Portuguese-speaking countries have constantly expressed their need to receive health information in their own language.

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·      Malaria Control Programme

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·       NSDP 2011-2030 (PDF) 

·       Timor Leste in Figure 2010

·       National census 2010

·       Timor-Leste Demographic and Health Survey 2009-10

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·      Launch Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

·      WHO Support Faculty of Health and Science of UNTL

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·      World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2011

·      WH day activity 7 April 2011

·         World Malaria day 2011

·        WTB –Day in Timor- Leste on 24-3- 2011

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