WHO commends Shanghai’s move to create 100% smoke-free public places

BEIJING, 19 August 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) applauds the Shanghai People’s Congress on its move to strengthen Shanghai’s existing tobacco control laws with respect to smoke-free public places. The Shanghai Regulations on Control of Smoking in Public Places (Amendment Draft), reviewed by the Standing Committee of the 14th Shanghai People's Congress in early August, propose making all indoor – and some outdoor – public places in Shanghai 100% smoke-free.

WHO marks World Breastfeeding Week, calls for the right of all women to breastfeed anytime, anywhere

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MANILA, 1 August ¬2016 – On World Breastfeeding Week which is celebrated from 1 to 7 August, the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific recognizes the right of all women to breastfeed their children and advocates for women to be able to breastfeed whenever and wherever it is necessary. The theme “supporting moms to breastfeed anytime, anywhere” calls for a shift in attitudes to build breastfeeding-friendly societies in order to optimize the development, health and well-being of future generations.

WHO appeals for strengthened efforts to eradicate hepatitis in the Western Pacific Region

MANILA, 28 July 2016 – On World Hepatitis Day, which is observed today, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to work towards the complete elimination of hepatitis by 2030. Viral hepatitis is a major killer worldwide, claiming an estimated 1.5 million lives each year, a toll that is greater than worldwide deaths from HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis.

Global Youth Tobacco Survey underscores urgent need to protect youth from tobacco harms

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MANILA, 28 June 2016 – One out of 12 students aged 13–15 years in 23 countries have used some form of tobacco. More than 4.2 million students are cigarette smokers in 22 countries in the Western Pacific Region. These alarming statistics come from a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report, Youth and tobacco in the Western Pacific Region: global youth tobacco survey (GYTS) 2005-2014, presents an overview of youth tobacco use in the Region, and highlights the need for continued vigilance and robust actions to protect youth from tobacco harms.

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  • July 2016

    Mosquito borne diseases: Mosquitoes cause thousands of deaths every year

    Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes thousands of deaths every year. In 2015 malaria alone caused 438 000 deaths. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years, and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease. Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

  • 7 April 2016

    World Health Day 2016: Together on the front lines against diabetes

    Diabetes can lead to blindness, amputation and a shorter lifespan. The illness is affecting people at a younger age. Financial and health impacts are devastating families and threatening health systems. On the frontline of the epidemic are individuals, families, communities and health workers that can take action to halt the rise of diabetes and its complications. Join us on 7 April 2016 for World Health Day as we take a stand against diabetes. Through collective action we can protect our families from this disease.

  • February 2016

    Tropical Cyclone Winston

    Tropical Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji on 20-21 February, resulting in 44 deaths, over 125 injured, and thousands without shelter, food, and safe water. In all, the cyclone affected the lives of an estimated 350,000 people. WHO is supporting the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the health response to this disaster with help from many humanitarian partners.

  • 5 June 2015

    Strategy for malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2015-2030)

    In close consultation with countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion, the WHO Regional Offices for the Western Pacific and South-East Asia have developed a malaria elimination strategy for the Subregion, where emerging antimalarial multidrug resistance, including resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies, is threatening our recent gains. The elimination strategy is fully aligned with the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030, which has just been endorsed by the World Health Assembly. The first subregional document that effectively operationalizes the global strategy, it is a prime example of partnership and collaboration, with six countries, WHO (two regions and headquarters) and multiple development partners joining forces to fight a common threat.

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.