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.
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.
- Violence decreasing in the Western Pacific, but more action still required
- The Royal Government of Cambodia launches the first dedicated, nationally representative study on the prevalence of intimate partner violence
- World Health Organization launches World Antibiotic Awareness Week to promote best practices in the Western Pacific Region
- Pharmaceutical sector governance: critical to universal health coverage
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.
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.
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.