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Governments commit to improve rehab services and recognize Region’s progress on other health issues


MANILA, 12 October 2018 – On the final day of the sixty-ninth session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, governments today committed to provide adequate rehabilitation services. They also discussed the Region’s progress in health security, control of infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease and environmental health.

Regional health leaders pledge to eliminate neglected diseases, improve hospitals, strengthen laws and use e-health

MANILA, 11 October 2018 – Ministers of health and senior officials at the sixty-ninth session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific today endorsed regional action agendas and frameworks to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases, improve hospital planning and management, harness e-health to improve services and strengthen legal frameworks for health.










Dr Takeshi Kasai nominated as next WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific


9 October 2018 – Dr Takeshi Kasai has been nominated as the next World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Dr Kasai was proposed by Japan. Health ministers and other senior officials from 30 countries voted today during the sixty-ninth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Manila, Philippines.

Nomination of Regional Director and action on priority health topics agenda of top regional meeting this week in Manila


MANILA 8 October 2018 – Health ministers and senior officials from 37 countries and areas in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region have come together in Manila to discuss and adopt action plans on health issues that affect nearly 1.9 billion people. Members of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific will also nominate a new Regional Director tomorrow. Four Member States put forth candidates: Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines.


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Universal Health Coverage means Health for All: Everyone, Everywhere

Universal Health Coverage is the theme of this year's World Health Day. WHO is working with Governments across the Region to make Health For All a reality

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

The rise of antibiotic resistance is leading to untreatable infections which can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Without urgent action, we are heading for a future in which infections and minor injuries could once again kill.


This year's World Antibiotic Awareness Week is from 12 to 18 November 2018.

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