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Questions and answers on avian influenza

21 February 2018 — Avian influenza viruses normally spread between birds. However, some viruses have been found to infect humans. The primary risk factor for humans is exposure to infected live or dead poultry or contaminated environments, such as live bird markets. Read our Q&A to learn more.

Protect yourself from norovirus

Norovirus is a common viral infection that causes diarrhoea and vomiting. This illness generally resolves within a couple of days without treatment. However, children, older people and those with compromised immune systems can have severe complications. Read our Q&A to learn more about the disease and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Let’s Kick TB out of PNG

13 February 2018, Daru, Western Province — For the first time ever, Papua New Guinea has launched systematic screening for tuberculosis in Daru Island in the Western Province with everyone 10 years of age and older being checked for the deadly disease.

Papua New Guinea has the highest TB incidence in the Western Pacific region and 10th highest globally. Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) rates are rising rapidly. As of 2016, there are about 2000 new cases of MDR-TB in the country. Health authorities worry about projections that MDR-TB will become the dominant strain in PNG in 10 years unless action is taken. Globally, MDR-TB patients have a treatment success rate of less than 50%, and the cost of treatment is a hundred times more than for general TB patients.

Health Advice for Travellers to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Republic of Korea

7 February 2018 -- The XXIII Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea from 9 to 25 February 2018 and from 9 to 18 March 2018, respectively. Nearby Gangneung will also host events such as curling, hockey and ice skating. The following recommendations are intended to advise national health authorities, health-care providers and individuals about preventive health measures for travellers to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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World Health day

Engage in World Health Day 2018
Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

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Countries in focus

  • Lao PDR: Preventing leprosy-related disabilities in children
    February 2018
    The Ministry of Health conducted a review meeting to discuss the results from an intensified leprosy case findings activity that took place in Xiengkhuang Province in December last year. This review activity coincides with the World Leprosy Day that was marked on the last Sunday of January.
  • WHO Assistant Director-General advocates for universal health coverage towards Health for All in Cambodia
    February 2018
    WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Naoko Yamamoto led a high-level visit to understand Cambodia’s progress and challenges towards universal health coverage from 2-4 February 2018.
  • Kiribati Butiraoi ferry disaster
    January 2018
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) send their deepest condolences to the people of Kiribati following the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. This is a tragic event for the country of Kiribati, and we extend our thoughts to those affected families and communities. WHO and UNICEF are closely coordinating with the Government of Kiribati to support the emergency response.
  • Mongolia: Investing in NCD prevention has significant economic impact
    January 2018
    Scaling up heart disease and tobacco control and reducing consumption of alcohol and salt are areas requiring increased investment in Mongolia to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), according to results from a review led by the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on NCDs.
  • Q&A on dengue vaccine
    December 2017
    We know there are still many concerns about the dengue vaccine, and we have received many questions following our post earlier this week. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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