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Micronesia achieves regional goal for reducing hepatitis B in children

SUVA, Fiji, 24 April 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has achieved a significant public health victory by reducing the prevalence of hepatitis B among children to less than 1 percent. FSM joins 18 of 36 other countries and areas in the WHO Western Pacific Region that have been verified by an independent panel as having met this goal by 2017.

50 days on, WHO continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake

PORT MORESBY, 16 April 2018 – Fifty days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), limited delivery of essential health services has resumed in earthquake-affected provinces. However, thousands remain vulnerable to health threats as they continue to live in crowded temporary settlements with inadequate access to clean water and medical services. More than 500 000 were affected by the earthquake that struck on 26 February. At least 25 000 people have been displaced, while many communities continue to face compromised water and food supplies, significantly increasing threats of disease outbreaks.

Care out of reach for too many; WHO calls for action to achieve health for all

MANILA, 6 April 2018 - Up to half the population in some countries in Asia and the Pacific are missing out on essential health services. This is a key finding of a series of country profiles released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific on the eve of World Health Day for which this year’s theme is universal health coverage.

TB down in past decade; universal health coverage key to faster progress

MANILA, 23 March 2018 - New estimates show a 14% reduction in the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region over the past decade, but with 1.8 million people newly infected in the Region each year, more needs to be done. On the eve of World Tuberculosis Day, WHO calls on governments to provide all citizens access to TB testing and treatment as part of universal health coverage.


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Universal Health Coverage means Health for All: Everyone, Everywhere

Universal Health Coverage is the theme of this year's World Health Day. WHO is working with Governments across the Region to make Health For All a reality


World Immunization Week

Celebrated from 24 to 30 April 2018, World Immunization Week aims to highlight that immunization is a powerful tool to protect us against vaccine-preventable diseases.


Great progress has been already made in the Western Pacific Region: together, through immunization, we eliminated poliomyelitis from all countries in the Region, we eliminated measles in eight countries, and we eliminated hepatitis B among children in 19 countries.

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  • 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 2017—a year of decisive action to tackle the Region’s health challenges.