Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Japan verified as achieving measles elimination

WHO/B. Bayutas

MANILA, 27 March 2015 – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan have been verified as having achieved measles elimination by the Measles Regional Verification Commission. The three countries join Australia, Macao SAR (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea as countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region that have successfully eliminated measles.

WHO calls for new commitments to end tuberculosis

WHO/C. Doan

MANILA, 20 March 2015 – While the fight to reverse the spread of tuberculosis (TB) is gaining momentum, too many people are still affected by this disease. In 2013, 9 million people contracted TB and 1.5 million died from the disease. On World TB Day (24 March 2015), the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region calls for new actions and commitments in the global fight against TB.

Vanuatu - Early warning disease surveillance established on outer islands

S. Nompuat/Vanuatu MoH

PORT VILA, 22 March 2015 – Tanna Island, in Vanuatu’s far south, bore the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Pam. Tanna health authorities are concerned about the increased risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases, common in post-disaster situations. In response, WHO and the Ministry of Health are supporting the island to establish an outbreak early warning surveillance system.

WHO First Embrace campaign to save more than 50 000 newborn babies a year in the Region

MANILA, 5 March 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Region for the Western Pacific launched First Embrace today — a campaign highlighting simple steps that will save more than 50 000 newborn lives, and prevent hundreds of thousands of complications each year from unsafe practices in newborn care in the Region.

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  • March 2015

    WHO response to Cyclone Pam

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health, international partners and aid organizations to assess the health impact caused by Cyclone Pam, the most powerful storm to pass through the South Pacific in more than a decade. Lives have been lost and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the cyclone, and WHO and the Ministry of Health are coordinating the response to address the challenges the Vanuatu people now face in its aftermath.

  • 9 December 2014

    World Malaria Report 2014

    GENEVA, Switzerland – The number of people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World Malaria Report 2014. The report reveals that emerging parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines and mosquito resistance to insecticides, if unaddressed, could render some of the current tools ineffective and trigger a rise in global malaria mortality.

  • 20 November 2014

    WHO leads meeting to strengthen health security in the Pacific

    SUVA, Fiji – Health leaders from 21 Pacific island countries and areas will meet in Nadi, Fiji to discuss progress in the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) in the Pacific. Preparedness to respond to the deadly Ebola virus, should the virus be imported into the Pacific region by a traveller returning from West Africa, will be a key item for discussion.

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  • 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 2014—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.
  • The Health Systems in Transition (HiT)
    HiT profiles are health system reviews that systematically describe and assess the core components of a health system: organization and governance, financing, physical and human resources, service provision, and health reforms.