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WHO South-East Asia Region certified polio-free

80% of the world’s population is now in polio-free certified regions

MALE’, 27 March 2014 –: WHO South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free today by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. This is the fourth of six WHO Regions to be certified, marking an important step towards global polio eradication. With this step, 80% of the world’s population now lives in certified polio-free regions

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World Water Day
World’s poorest have least access to safe water: UNICEF


1,400 children under five die each day from causes linked to lack of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene

MALE’, 22 March 2014 – Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right, over three-quarters of a billion people, most of them poor, still do not have this basic necessity, UNICEF said to mark World Water Day.

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