MANILA, 6 March 2014 – This International Women's Day (8 March), the World Health Organization is drawing attention to the strong impact that gender equality has on the health of women and girls globally, including in the Western Pacific Region. "Healthy girls and women make healthy families, communities and nations. More can and must be done to empower women and girls," said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.
3 March 2014 — More than 14 million people continue to be affected by the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which ravaged areas of the Visayas when it struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Long after the ensuing emergency situation has passed, storm survivors are likely to be faced with a range of mental health concerns.
BEIJING, 26 February 2014 – Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, has urged China to move swiftly towards a national smoke-free law and take other urgent measures to reduce tobacco use. China is the world's largest tobacco producer and suffers the world's greatest burden of tobacco-related illness with one million deaths each year.
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).
WHO January 2014 update on artemisinin resistance
The WHO Global Malaria Programme issues regular updates about the status of artemisinin resistance in affected countries, including several in the Western Pacific Region. The updates bring together the latest findings and conclusions about the state of resistance to artemisinins, summarize WHO’s current policy and treatment recommendations, and highlight areas of concern.
Apia Outcome of the Tenth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting
The Tenth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting held in Apia, Samoa in 2013 provided an opportunity to continue to move towards the Healthy Islands vision. The Apia Outcome is a condensed reference document of the meeting, which includes summaries and recommendations on topics such as health workforce development and mental health response in the Pacific.