MANILA, 11 March 2014 – Moving from the oral polio vaccine to an inactivated and injectable polio vaccine (IPV) is crucial to ensure a polio-free world by 2018. Endorsed by the World Health Assembly, The Global Polio Eradication Initiative's (GPEI) Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018, calls for the introduction of IPV to boost global immunity and accelerate the eradication of remaining polioviruses.
Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake
11 March, 2014, marks the third anniversary of the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated stretches of eastern Japan, damaging the nuclear facility at Fukushima and wreaking a heavy toll in terms of public health and wellbeing. Even as the after-effects continue , it is important to recognize the massive efforts to tackle the challenge then and now.
MANILA, 6 March 2014 – This International Women's Day (8 March), the World Health Organization is drawing attention to the strong impact that gender equality has on the health of women and girls globally, including in the Western Pacific Region. "Healthy girls and women make healthy families, communities and nations. More can and must be done to empower women and girls," said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.
3 March 2014 — More than 14 million people continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which ravaged areas of the Visayas when it struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Long after the ensuing emergency situation has passed, storm survivors are likely to be faced with a range of mental health concerns.
WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline
GENEVA – WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay).
WHO January 2014 update on artemisinin resistance
The WHO Global Malaria Programme issues regular updates about the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries, including several in the Western Pacific Region. The updates bring together the latest findings and conclusions about the state of resistance to artemisinins, summarize WHO’s current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlight areas of concern.