Violence decreasing in the Western Pacific, but more action still required


MANILA, 30 November 2015 – More than 36 000 people were murdered in the Western Pacific Region in 2012, making interpersonal violence the fifth-leading cause of death in the Region for those aged 15–29. Ninety-five per cent of those killed are in low- and middle-income countries and 75% are male, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Violence in the Western Pacific Region 2014 report.

The Royal Government of Cambodia launches the first dedicated, nationally representative study on the prevalence of intimate partner violence

PHNOM PENH, 24 November 2015 – One in five women in Cambodia has experienced sexual and/or physical intimate partner violence, according to the National Survey on Women’s Health and Life Experiences launched by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the National Institute of Statistics. The study documents significant physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health consequences, including injuries and pain, suicide and miscarriage. The study shows that 90% of women who reported being injured by their intimate partner had been hurt severely enough to need health care. However, 47% never sought health care.

World Health Organization launches World Antibiotic Awareness Week to promote best practices in the Western Pacific Region

MANILA, 16 November 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which will run until 22 November. In response to growing antibiotic resistance globally, WHO stresses the need to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics to maintain global health security and strongly urges everyone to use antibiotics responsibly.

Pharmaceutical sector governance: critical to universal health coverage


Countries are being urged to invest in governance in their pharmaceutical sector, as an important building block of universal health coverage. WHO’s Good Governance for Medicines (GGM) programme is commemorating 10 years of operation with a consultation of Member States, partners and other stakeholders in WHO’s South-East Asian and Western Pacific Regions in Manila.

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Sixty-sixth session of the Regional Committee

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WHO Highlights

  • 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.

  • April 2015

    20 years of the Healthy Island journey

    Yanuca Island, Fiji – The Eleventh Pacific Health Ministers meeting commenced in Yanuca Island, Fiji from 15-17 April 2015. The Pacific Ministers reviewed progress over the last 20 years in health and charted the course for the years to come. The first Pacific Health Ministers meeting in 1995 was also held in Yanuca Island, where ministers created a unifying Healthy Islands vision for Pacific island countries and areas. The meeting articulated a response to the specific needs of the region.

  • March 2015

    WHO response to Cyclone Pam

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health, international partners and aid organizations to assess the health impact caused by Cyclone Pam, the most powerful storm to pass through the South Pacific in more than a decade. Lives have been lost and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the cyclone, and WHO and the Ministry of Health are coordinating the response to address the challenges the Vanuatu people now face in its aftermath.

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.