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Poonam Khetrapal Singh

WHO Regional Director

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh is WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.

Poonam Khetrapal Singh
5 Feb 2020

Four weapons against coronavirus

The novel coronavirus outbreak has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

5 Feb 2020 10
Four weapons against coronavirus
29 May 2018

WHO hates trans fats

The World Health Organisation has called on all countries to make the world free of trans fats by 2023, and some countries already have done so.

29 May 2018
WHO hates trans fats
7 Sep 2017

Time to build climate-resilient health systems

Climate change is happening. In recent years average temperatures across the globe have increased...

7 Sep 2017
Time to build climate-resilient health systems
8 May 2017

Death on the highways

Though the behaviour of road users matters, poor public policy is at the root of the problem, including poor data and worse infrastructure.

8 May 2017
Death on the highways
7 Apr 2017

A depressing view

Talking about depression can be challenging, and even broaching the subject can provoke a range of fears and apprehensions.

7 Apr 2017
A depressing view
30 Jan 2017

The mean disease

In our ongoing efforts to achieve zero leprosy transmission and zero leprosy-related disabilities, inclusiveness is the remedy most urgently needed.

30 Jan 2017
The mean disease
20 Aug 2016

Looking toward mosquito-free monsoon seasons

Mosquitoes are a pest with no equal. Though not all mosquitoes transmit life-threatening diseases, those that do kill approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. When not fatal, the diseases mosquitoes spread can result in bouts of debilitating fever, nausea and vomiting, compromising immune systems and disrupting economies. The WHO South-East Asia Region is particularly affected.

20 Aug 2016 1
9 Jun 2016

Lessons from Thailand

With Thailand's recent success in halting mother-to-child HIV transmission, the country is poised to make further gains in its battle against the disease.

9 Jun 2016
Lessons from Thailand
22 Oct 2015

'Healthy ageing' can boost society

From the foothills of Nepal's snow-capped Himalayas to the beaches of the Timor Sea, the population of Southeast Asia is ageing. Roughly 142 million people -- 8% of the region -- are currently over the age of 60, with estimates suggesting the proportion will rise to over 20% by 2050.

22 Oct 2015