DAVAO CITY, 11 May 2017 – Health statistics over the years indicate that more Filipinos live longer now as a result of collaborative efforts of the government, various development partners and stakeholders. Several health sector reforms have been made to expand the breadth and depth of health service delivery and coverage. The World Health Organization has been a staunch partner of the Government in developing strategies to improve the health of the people.
5 May 2017 - One of the simplest ways to avoid road traffic crashes and the millions of deaths and injuries they cause is to slow down. This warning is the World Health Organization (WHO) theme for the upcoming United Nations Global Road Safety Week. More than 1.2 million people a year die from road traffic injuries, many young, taken in the prime of their lives. In the WHO Region for the Western Pacific alone, nearly 900 people are killed each day on the roads, with speed being a major factor in up to half of fatal crashes in most low- and middle-income countries.
MANILA, 24 April 2017 — Despite the proven effectiveness of vaccines and the tens of millions of lives they have saved, an estimated 400 000 people die needlessly every year in the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Western Pacific Region from diseases that vaccines could prevent. Vaccines save up to 3 million lives each year worldwide from infectious diseases, such as hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, measles and polio. Still, nearly 2.3 million children in the Region each year are not fully immunized against these threats.
MANILA, 24 April 2017 — On World Malaria Day, commemorated every 25 April, WHO is calling for increased political and financial commitment to wipe out a disease that continues to kill more than 400 000 people each year. This year’s theme — End Malaria for Good — focuses on the need for sustained investment and political commitment to reduce malaria cases and deaths with prevention, control and elimination efforts.
Zika virus and complications
7 April 2017
World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of our 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes thousands of deaths every year. In 2015 malaria alone caused 438 000 deaths. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years, and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease. Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Tropical Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji on 20-21 February, resulting in 44 deaths, over 125 injured, and thousands without shelter, food, and safe water. In all, the cyclone affected the lives of an estimated 350,000 people. WHO is supporting the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the health response to this disaster with help from many humanitarian partners.
5 June 2015
Strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2015-2030)
In close consultation with countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion, the WHO Regional Offices for the Western Pacific and South-East Asia have developed a malaria elimination strategy for the Subregion, where emerging antimalarial multidrug resistance, including resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies, is threatening our recent gains. The elimination strategy is fully aligned with the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030, which has just been endorsed by the World Health Assembly. The first subregional document that effectively operationalizes the global strategy, it is a prime example of partnership and collaboration, with six countries, WHO (two regions and headquarters) and multiple development partners joining forces to fight a common threat.