MANILA, 24 March 2017 – On World TB Day, the World Health Organization is putting the spotlight on the need to ensure that vulnerable groups that are hardest hit by tuberculosis (TB) have access to quality life-saving treatment and care. “We must step up action to make TB treatment and care affordable and accessible to everyone who needs it, or we will simply not be able to stop TB,” said Dr Shin Young-Soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.
16 March 2017 - In a nation of 620 000 people dispersed over more than 600 islands, patients travel for days by truck and boat to receive medical care. A bold new plan is restructuring available health resources, setting out the Pacific nation’s roadmap towards universal health coverage while ensuring efficient use of resources at strategic locations.
MANILA, 6 March 2017 – On International Women's Day (8 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the powerful link between gender equality and health and well-being. Public health efforts for women used to focus mainly on pregnancy and childbirth. Now gender, equity and human rights concerns are woven into every aspect of WHO's work in the Western Pacific Region. "International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to challenge the unequal systems and practices that perpetuate health inequalities," said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.
VIENTIANE CAPITAL, 21 February 2017 – Over the past decade, the Lao People's Democratic Republic has observed significant improvements in the health status of the population. People are living longer, maternal mortality and deaths from malaria have been drastically reduced, and the number of tuberculosis cases is in decline. However, these impressive improvements in the country’s health are at risk from a new set of challenges, including rapidly increasing rates of noncommunicable disease and injury.
Zika virus and complications
7 April 2017
World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of our 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
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.
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.