A decade of ensuring a world free from tobacco-related harms

WHO/K. Khow

MANILA, 27 February 2015 – As the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) marks a decade of saving lives, WHO in the Western Pacific Region is urging governments and policy-makers to continue efforts to protect all people from tobacco-related harms.

Getting everyone in the picture by 2024

16 February 2015 – If someone asks you to prove who you are, you would show them your passport or birth certificate. However, many children are born and people of all ages die without their births and deaths ever recorded. Countries need to know how many people are born and die each year – and the main causes of their deaths - to develop well-functioning health systems. Many Pacific Island countries do not have adequate civil registration and vital statistics systems.

Noncommunicable diseases prematurely take 16 million lives every year, WHO urges countries to invest in "best buy" interventions

WHO/C. Doan

MANILA, 19 January 2015 – Urgent action is needed to reduce the increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely – before the age of 70 – from heart and lung disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, according to a new World Health Organization report.

Update on the cluster of HIV cases, Roka Commune, Sang Ker District, Battambang Province

WHO/V. Houssiere
WHO Officer Dany Eng interviews a resident in Roka.

PHNOM PENH, 9 January 2015 – Between 8 to 31 December, 2014, a total of 1940 people from Roka Commune, voluntarily undertook HIV testing and counselling and 212 people tested positive for HIV. Among the people who tested HIV positive, 174 (82%) are from Roka Village. Among the total of 212 diagnoses, 39 people (18%) are 14 years old or younger, 127 (60%) are between 15 and 59 years old and 46 (22%) are 60 years old or older.

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  • 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.

  • October 2014

    WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific releases latest ageing and health fact sheet

    In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. This population ageing can be seen as a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, but it also challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people and their participation and security.

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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.