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WHO and UNICEF call on Vietnamese authorities to enforce food fortification regulations

7 June 2018 – WHO and UNICEF call on the Government of Viet Nam and State agencies to implement the Government Decree 09/2016/ND-CP that mandates the fortification of salt, wheat flour and vegetable oil and the use of fortified salt and wheat flour by the food industry. The issuance of the decree was based on strong evidence that the country needs to step up actions to address severe micronutrient deficiencies among the Vietnamese population. The decree is in line with global recommendations on this highly cost-effective strategy to prevent and control micronutrient deficiency and it highlights the Government’s commitment to improve the health of its population.

Smoking causes 1 million cardiovascular deaths in Asia Pacific each year

31 May 2018 | MANILA – One million people in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region die each year from cardiovascular disease caused by tobacco use. More than 1 in 5 cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, result from smoking. On World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, WHO is calling attention to the impact of tobacco on cardiovascular health with the campaign theme “Tobacco Breaks Hearts”.

Public health champions from Western Pacific Region recognized at World Health Assembly

MANILA, 25 May 2018 – Public health champions from the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region were today recognized at the Seventy-first World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Nazni Wasi Ahmad from Malaysia received honours for her innovative research using insects to treat people with diabetes and the Korea Institute of Drug Safety and Risk Management (KIDS) for contributions to drug safety in the country.

Japan and Singapore pass a key milestone on the path to Health Security

15 May 2018 – Japan and Singapore are the first two countries in the Western Pacific Region in 2018 to conduct a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of their core capacities under the International Health Regulations (2005) or IHR (2005). IHR (2005) is a global legal framework outlining the capacities that countries require to protect their citizens, and the citizens of neighbouring countries, during outbreaks and public health emergencies.


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World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease."

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  • Regional Director's Report
    This report to the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific focuses on WHO’s work in the Region for the year ending 30 June 2017—a year of decisive action to tackle the Region’s health challenges.