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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.

Amid concern over drug resistance, Mekong countries call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar 8 December 2017 – Representatives from Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam today called for accelerated action to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) by the year 2030. The call comes amid concern over resistance of malaria parasites to antimalarial drugs, including artemisinin—the core compound of the best available antimalarial medicines.

Keeping the Region safe

The Western Pacific Region is a hotspot for emerging diseases and public health emergencies. “Many of the significant health security events of the last decade occurred in the Western Pacific – just think of avian influenza and the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome to the Region,” said Dr Ailan Li, Regional Emergency Director for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme.

Tackling misuse of antibiotics in Solomon Islands

At just 2 months old, baby Florida Berelia started to have difficulty breathing at her home in Alligator Creek, a community 13 kilometres from the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. “She was short of breath,” says her mother, Martha, “so I brought her to the hospital straight away.’’ Florida was admitted to the Pikinini (Children’s) Ward with severe pneumonia and treated with antibiotics. Pneumonia can be deadly for many young children, but thanks to effective treatment, Florida was much better within days.


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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

13-19 November 2017

Stop overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Combat resistance.

Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the correct use of antibiotics across all sectors to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

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Countries in focus

  • Philippines: Four years after Haiyan: Building national teams following lessons learnt
    November 2017
    On 8 November 2013, the world watched as the strongest typhoon ever seen pummelled through the Philippines, taking over seven thousand lives and affecting an estimated sixteen million people in the archipelagic country. Within days international emergency medical teams rushed to help but were met with many challenges that prompted the government-led coordination of over 150 teams in the response.
  • Standardizing TB service delivery in Papua New Guinea
    November 2017
    Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health through its National TB Programme in partnership with WHO has successfully completed two batches of Training of Trainers (TOT) using new standardized training modules for TB and drug resistant TB (DR-TB). This TOT will help in nationwide capacity building of the trainers who in turn will roll out similar trainings at the provincial level.
  • Republic of Korea: Learning from an outbreak to improve health security
    October 2017
    The Republic of Korea has translated hard lessons from the 2015 MERS outbreak into enhanced capacity to manage health threats. This is a key conclusion of the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) mission to the country, which took place 28 August to 1 September 2017. A JEE assesses a country’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond rapidly to public health threats, in line with the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005). External evaluators work with national teams to evaluate 19 technical areas of work covering 48 indicators.
  • Pacific Resilience Week
    October 2017
    From the 2nd to 6th October, regional leaders and experts from the climate change, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian sectors came together for Pacific Resilience Week in Suva, Fiji. Under the banner ‘Pathways to a Resilient Pacific’, the event covers disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery and climate change and brings together community leaders and experts from across the region with key agencies to strengthen partnerships for a Resilient Pacific.

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 2017—a year of decisive action to tackle the Region’s health challenges.