BRISBANE, Australia, 12 October 2017 – Governments from across the Region today pledged to take action to ensure the safety of medicines and competence of health workers. They also agreed on frameworks for the financing of priority health services and for making food safer. Ministers and senior officials at the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific also noted progress in areas of public health including: noncommunicable diseases, tobacco control, mental health, tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis, traditional medicine, and gender and health.
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attending the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific for the first time since he took office in July, said “I have come to realize that the world expects WHO to do three things: to keep the world safe, to improve health, and to serve the vulnerable And in many ways, we already do all three. But we can and must do better.”
BRISBANE, Australia, 12 October 2017 – Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today appointed Ms Elizabeth Iro as the Chief Nursing Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO). Ms Iro is a registered nurse, and the Cook Islands’ current Secretary of Health. With this announcement, Dr Tedros fulfils a commitment he made during his transition to the Director-General role to appoint a nurse to his senior team. “I am thrilled to welcome Ms Iro to our team as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer,” said Dr Tedros.
BRISBANE, Australia, 11 October 2017 – Ministers of health and senior officials from 37 countries and areas today endorsed regional action plans for eliminating measles and rubella, as well as mother-to-child transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis. They also called for action to protect children from the harmful impact of food marketing. In addition, they took steps to strengthen health promotion for sustainable development. On the third day of the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, delegates noted progress in the area of health security—making people safer from infectious disease outbreaks and health emergencies.