Preparedness is key in the fight against Ebola virus disease

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MANILA, 24 November 2014 — While the risk of a travel-related case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Western Pacific Region is not high, the consequences could be significant. To assess Member State preparedness for a potential EVD outbreak, the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific conducted a country preparedness survey and facilitated a simulation exercise in October 2014.

Let's use antibiotics responsibly


MANILA, 21 November 2014 - Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health threat. The rapid rise and spread of AMR—especially antibiotic resistance—places the well-being of the Western Pacific Region's 1.8 billion people at risk. During Antibiotic Awareness Week (17–23 November 2014), the World Health Organization (WHO) urges everyone to use antibiotics responsibly, so these drugs can continue to protect our families and communities from harmful bacteria.

200 people drown each day in the Western Pacific Region


MANILA, 18 November 2014 – More than 200 people drown each day in low- and middle-income countries in the Western Pacific Region, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) latest report on injury prevention, Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer. The report identifies drowning as a leading cause of death in young people.

Harnessing strong collaboration for a healthy Region


MANILA, 13 November 2014 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region faces many of the world's most pressing health issues and natural disasters—from noncommunicable diseases and escalating health-care costs to persistent risks of new infections and climate change-related diseases. To better address the needs of Member States, WHO works with WHO collaborating centres, whose representatives are gathering in Manila for the inaugural Regional Forum of WHO collaborating centres in the Western Pacific.

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Sixty-fifth session of the Regional Committee

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WHO Highlights

  • 20 November 2014

    WHO leads meeting to strengthen health security in the Pacific

    SUVA, Fiji – Health leaders from 21 Pacific island countries and areas will meet in Nadi, Fiji to discuss progress in the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) in the Pacific. Preparedness to respond to the deadly Ebola virus, should the virus be imported into the Pacific region by a traveller returning from West Africa, will be a key item for discussion.

  • October 2014

    WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific releases latest ageing and health fact sheet

    In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. This population ageing can be seen as a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, but it also challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people and their participation and security.

  • August 2014

    Report on regulation of e-cigarettes

    The report recommends that appropriate government bodies restrict e-cigarette advertising and that steps be taken to end use of e-cigarettes indoors in public and work places.

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 2013—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.