13 February 2018, Daru, Western Province — For the first time ever, Papua New Guinea has launched systematic screening for tuberculosis in Daru Island in the Western Province with everyone 10 years of age and older being checked for the deadly disease.
Papua New Guinea has the highest TB incidence in the Western Pacific region and 10th highest globally. Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) rates are rising rapidly. As of 2016, there are about 2000 new cases of MDR-TB in the country. Health authorities worry about projections that MDR-TB will become the dominant strain in PNG in 10 years unless action is taken. Globally, MDR-TB patients have a treatment success rate of less than 50%, and the cost of treatment is a hundred times more than for general TB patients.
7 February 2018 -- The XXIII Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea from 9 to 25 February 2018 and from 9 to 18 March 2018, respectively. Nearby Gangneung will also host events such as curling, hockey and ice skating.
The following recommendations are intended to advise national health authorities, health-care providers and individuals about preventive health measures for travellers to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) send their deepest condolences to the people of Kiribati following the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. This is a tragic event for the country of Kiribati, and we extend our thoughts to those affected families and communities. WHO and UNICEF are closely coordinating with the Government of Kiribati to support the emergency response.