WHO stresses the importance of neonatal best practices for a healthy start to life

WHO/Y. Shimizu

MANILA, 25 October 2016 – The neonatal period is one of the most crucial phases in the survival and development of a child. At the recently concluded session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Member States widely acknowledged the importance of Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) in reducing neonatal mortality in the Region, and highlighted significant progress made in countries towards scaling-up EENC.

Walking the talk: WHO takes a bold step to stop the sale and service of sugary drinks in its cafeteria

MANILA, 14 October 2016 – Ministers of health and delegates from Member States were offered healthier drink options this week at the sixty-seventh session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific has discontinued the sale and service of sugary drinks, citing their links to obesity, tooth decay and related health-care costs in the Region. Sodas, energy drinks, fruit juices, flavoured milk and powdered/instant drink products have been taken off the shelves.

WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific notes progress on healthy newborn infants, antimicrobial resistance and essential medicines

WHO/Y. Shimizu

MANILA, 13 October 2016 – On the fourth day of its annual meeting, the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific updated participants on progress made in the Region with regard to reducing child deaths, preparing Member States to respond to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and improving access to quality medicines.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Member States commit to leave no one behind

MANILA, 12 October 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific today made a commitment to leave no one behind as it works to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Regional Committee also discussed measures to ensure the Western Pacific is able to respond to threats to health security and other public health emergencies. The meeting also reviewed and noted progress on HIV, immunization and disability prevention and rehabilitation.

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  • July 2016

    Mosquito borne diseases: Mosquitoes cause thousands of deaths every year

    Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes thousands of deaths every year. In 2015 malaria alone caused 438 000 deaths. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years, and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease. Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

  • 7 April 2016

    World Health Day 2016: Together on the front lines against diabetes

    Diabetes can lead to blindness, amputation and a shorter lifespan. The illness is affecting people at a younger age. Financial and health impacts are devastating families and threatening health systems. On the frontline of the epidemic are individuals, families, communities and health workers that can take action to halt the rise of diabetes and its complications. Join us on 7 April 2016 for World Health Day as we take a stand against diabetes. Through collective action we can protect our families from this disease.

  • February 2016

    Tropical Cyclone Winston

    Tropical Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji on 20-21 February, resulting in 44 deaths, over 125 injured, and thousands without shelter, food, and safe water. In all, the cyclone affected the lives of an estimated 350,000 people. WHO is supporting the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the health response to this disaster with help from many humanitarian partners.

  • 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.

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 2016—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.