Four innovative Pacific projects receive WHO Healthy Islands Recognition

WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-soo (second from left) presents the Healthy Islands Recognition Award to Ms Tayna Belyeu-Camacho and Ms Patricia Falig of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. They are joined by Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (leftmost) and Fiji Minister of Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate.

YANUCA ISLAND, 11 May 2015 – As part of the Eleventh Pacific Health Ministers Meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) awarded four innovative projects in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa, Tokelau and Vanuatu with the WHO Healthy Islands Recognition for the outstanding work by health and community leaders in the Pacific. Supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea, the recognitions honour community-based actions, partnership efforts and governmental support for Healthy Islands initiatives.

"Keep roads safe for children"

WHO/V. Sokhin

MANILA, 8 May 2015 – More than 500 children a day die from road traffic crashes around the world. Millions more sustain injuries that can lead to long term disabilities and cause untold suffering in families and communities. In the Western Pacific Region, road traffic injuries kill more than 23 000 children a year or one child every 22 minutes.

"Sin Tax" expands health coverage in the Philippines

WHO/F. Guerrero

MANILA, 7 May 2015 – New taxes on tobacco and alcohol enable the poorest and most vulnerable Filipinos to obtain health services. The taxes are working. Within the first year, they raised more than US$ 1.2 billion and allowed the Philippines to provide health care to an additional 14 million families or roughly 45 million Filipinos.

Protect your community: Get vaccinated

WHO/X. Wang

MANILA, 26 April 2015 – An estimated 1.5 million children worldwide die each year of diseases that can be readily prevented by vaccines. On World Immunization Week (24 April – 3 May), the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region underscores the importance of immunization as a shared responsibility and a vital component in protecting communities.

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  • April 2015

    20 years of the Healthy Island journey

    Yanuca Island, Fiji – The Eleventh Pacific Health Ministers meeting commenced in Yanuca Island, Fiji from 15-17 April 2015. The Pacific Ministers reviewed progress over the last 20 years in health and charted the course for the years to come. The first Pacific Health Ministers meeting in 1995 was also held in Yanuca Island, where ministers created a unifying Healthy Islands vision for Pacific island countries and areas. The meeting articulated a response to the specific needs of the region.

  • 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.

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 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.