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WHO calls on businesses to create smoke-free workplaces


MANILA, 16 July 2018 – The World Health Organization is inviting businesses across the Western Pacific Region to join a new campaign, “Revolution Smoke-Free”, and establish smoke-free workplaces in which everyone is free from tobacco smoke in their workplaces and beyond.

Micronesia extends comprehensive care to remote communities


In the Federated States of Micronesia, villagers are receiving medical care at an outreach clinic set up in their own village. This is thanks to a Government programme designed to extend services to the country’s more than 100 000 people scattered across hundreds of islands covering 2.6 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean.

Real-time information guides better care in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic


The Lao People's Democratic Republic is fully committed to improving health. The Government has increased domestic expenditures for health over the past five years. In addition, the Ministry of Health, with the support of WHO and The World Bank, is implementing the National Health Sector Reform Strategy and Framework to 2025 to ensure improved health outcomes.

Papua New Guinea confirms poliovirus outbreak, launches response


PORT MORESBY, 25 June 2018 – The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea and the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that the strain of poliovirus first detected in a child from Morobe Province in April is now circulating in the same community. The one confirmed case is a 6-year-old boy with lower limb weakness, first detected on 28 April 2018. A vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) had been isolated as the cause of the paralysis on 21 May 2018.


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World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.


The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease."

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    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.