India made an announcement during 72nd Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) regional committee for South-East Asia’, to contribute $2, 00,000 towards the implementation of the preparedness stream under the South-East Asia Health Emergency Fund. The announcement was made during the ministerial round-table on emergency preparedness on the second day of the 72nd session. Developments during Ministerial round-table on emergency preparedness

  • The Health Ministers of the South-East Asia Region of WHO also signed the Delhi Declaration on Emergency Preparedness.
  • India pledges $200,000 for health emergency fund towards the implementation of the preparedness stream under the South-East Asia Health Emergency Response Fund (SEARHEF).
  • Vardhan also highlighted Cyclone Fani as a case study in early preparedness and disaster management.
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  • Disaster preparedness measures that were  such as a
WHO- Regional Committee of South-East Asia 
  • The WHO South-East Regional Committee is composed of representatives of the Member States and Associate Members in the Region.
  • Territories or groups of territories within the Region, which are not responsible for the conduct of their international relations and which are not Associate Members, have the right to be represented and to participate in the sessions of the Regional Committee.
  • The nature and extent of the rights and obligations of these territories or groups of territories in regional committees are determined by the Health Assembly in consultation with the Member or other authority having responsibility for the international relations of these territories and with the Member States in the Region.
  • Subject to the general authority of the Director-General of the Organization, the Regional Office is the administrative organ of the Regional Committee.
  • In addition, it carries out the decisions of the Health Assembly and the Executive Board within the Region.
  • The 72nd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia meet took place in New Delhi
About South-East Asia Health Emergency Response Fund
  • The South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) is a mechanism that allows for a more rapid response to disasters from natural and human-generated hazards.
  • The fund has been established by the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office and its 11 Member States.
  • Through the WHO country offices, the countries can obtain financial support from the fund within 24 hours of an emergency.
Member States Member States The WHO South East Asia Region has 11 Member States: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. Other  Relevant information shared  in News India - South East Asia Relations Engagement in Health Sector The government of India has provided timely medical supplies to 13 countries requiring humanitarian assistance spread over South East Asia, Asia Pacific and Africa worth 10 million US dollars. This year medical assistance to six countries worth $5 million was also provided. Also read: Anaemia Is A Public Health Emergency That Needs To Be Addressed Immediately