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Healthy Islands: South Pacific Tourism Organisation and WHO forge new partnership


SUVA, Fiji, 17 January 2018 – The World Health Organization and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation join forces to promote healthy tourism in the Pacific. Through a new partnership, the organizations commit to promoting the health and well-being of tourists and the tourism workforce by establishing smoke-free public places, increasing access to healthy local food options and physical activities and improving accessibility for persons with disabilities in the tourism sector.

What would you do if faced with “cat flu”?


A mystery illness is spreading in cats. At the same time, doctors are starting to notice an increasing number of cat-owners and vets coming to their clinics, reporting flu-like symptoms…This is the hypothetical scenario that 30 countries and areas of the Western Pacific Region faced in this year’s Exercise Crystal, an annual simulation designed to test familiarity with the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and communication with the World Health Organization (WHO) during a large-scale outbreak.

More action needed to achieve universal health coverage in Asia and the Pacific by global deadline


TOKYO, 13 December 2017 - In its first report to measure countries’ progress towards universal health coverage and health-related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that countries in the Western Pacific Region are on track for some targets, but overall progress is too slow to hit global targets by 2030.

Door-to-door diagnosis—part of Mongolia’s push towards universal health coverage


Bayarjargal Norov, 44, is from Dersene-Us—a remote village some 800 kilometres south of Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. Bayarjargal is a herder and he is also the governor of Dersene-Us.

When not looking after his livestock, Bayarjargal meets with residents, explains state policies, supports their implementation, and listens to people’s grievances. What he often hears is that people have neither the time nor the means to have regular health check-ups.


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    This report to the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific focuses on WHO’s work in the Region for the year ending 30 June 2017—a year of decisive action to tackle the Region’s health challenges.