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Federated States of Micronesia forges a way forward to health security in the Pacific

20 August 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia has become the first Pacific island country to complete a Joint External Evaluation (JEE).
JEEs are voluntary, and involve a team of local and international experts working together to evaluate the country’s preparedness for outbreaks and health emergencies. This includes a set of core capacities required under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) – a legally-binding international instrument signed by 196 countries across the globe, including the Federated States of Micronesia. The JEE process provides countries with recommendations on how to strengthen their national systems and address identified gaps, as part of an ongoing process of learning and improvement.

Polio case confirmed in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea


PORT MORESBY, 13 AUGUST 2018 – A new polio case was reported today by the National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea (NDOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in a 22-month old girl from Eastern Highlands Province. This is the fourth case in the country, following confirmation of two cases from Morobe Province in June and July 2018 and a case from Enga in early August.

Lao PDR: Ministry of Health and WHO issue joint warning of the dangers associated with floodwaters


3 AUGUST 2018 – As water levels continue to rise in many parts of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging residents to avoid wading through floodwaters. “The surface may look calm, but many dangers can lurk underneath, including strong currents, broken debris and deadly diseases,” warned Minister of Health, Dr Bounkong Syhavong.

Candidates announced for next WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific


MANILA, 27 JULY 2018 – The list of candidates for the next Regional Director of the Western Pacific was today sent by World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to all Members of WHO’s Western Pacific Region. The candidates are as follows:


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