"Stop hepatitis B and liver cancer. Vaccinate at birth": The Regional Immunization Week Message for the Western Pacific Region

WHO/A. Esquillon

MANILA, 20 April 2014 – To mark World Immunization Week (21 to 27 April), the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region stresses the need for all newborn babies to be vaccinated against hepatitis B within 24 hours of birth, followed by at least two more doses. This vaccination regimen will allow the Region to achieve its goal of reducing the infection rate in children to less than 1% by 2017.

Photo story: Disease detectives on-the-ground in Solomon Islands

HONIARA, 22 April 2014 – Heavy rains from 3 to 5 April 2014 resulted in flash flooding in Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands. The Government declared a state of emergency in Honiara and the rest of Guadalcanal province. Over 52,000 people are affected across the country; many have lost their homes and livelihoods. There were 22 reported deaths.

WHO highlights lifesaving health priorities in the aftermath of flash floods in Solomon Islands

WHO/Joy Rivaca

HONIARA, 14 April 2014 – The floods in Solomon Islands disrupted the delivery of health services in the capital city of Honiara and Guadalcanal Province. The World Health Organization (WHO) is closely working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to ensure that the health services provided by partners and other organizations go to where it is needed to save lives.

Building a stronger public health framework for a healthier world: a landmark consultation on overweight, obesity, diabetes and law

MANILA, 11 April 2014 – As the global burden of overweight, obesity and diabetes grows alarmingly, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region has supported a landmark consultation co-hosted by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the medical and law faculties at the University of Sydney to explore specific legal mechanisms to address these challenges urgently and more effectively.

Regional Director

Dr Shin Young-soo


Regional Committee
Nomination of the Regional Director

WHO Highlights

  • 3 April 2014

    WHO China has joined Weibo

    BEIJING – WHO China has launched its own microblog on Sina Weibo, Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China announced today. "WHO is very excited about joining China's thriving Weibo community," Dr Schwartländer said.

  • 7 March 2014

    Cambodia reports 6th human case this year of H5N1 avian influenza

    PHNOM PENH – The case, a 6-year-old boy who died of his illness, brings to 53 the number of confirmed H5N1 human cases in Cambodia since 2005.

  • March 2014

    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).

Highlighted publications

  • 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 2013—a year of decisive action to tackle the Region’s health challenges.
  • Partners Coordination and Engagement Strategy 2013-2019
    This document outlines the Regional Office’s coordination and engagement strategy with health sector actors in the Western Pacific. WHO seeks to achieve better health outcomes for the people of the Region through improved coordination and strengthened partnerships.
  • New Zealand: Health System Review
    New Zealand continues to have a predominantly tax-funded health system, providing universal coverage managed by the District Health Boards.