MANILA, 25 July 2014 – Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year—which is close to the number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, and more than those caused by malaria and tuberculosis. Despite the high burden on individuals, families and societies, political and financial engagement remains inadequate. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 500 million people worldwide are affected by chronic hepatitis B and C.
MANILA, 22 June 2014 - A Philippine law requiring cigarette manufacturers to display graphic health warnings on cigarette packs came into force on Friday. The law requires cigarette manufacturers to display pictures showing the harmful effects of smoking on half of both sides of cigarette packs. This marks another milestone for the Philippines after a law was passed in 2013 that raised tobacco taxes.
11 July 2014 – The World Health Organization recently launched the Tobacco Free Pacific campaign, which aims to drive action to meet the goal of a tobacco-free Pacific for each Pacific island country and territory by 2025. The campaign is comprised of six action areas such as: raising tobacco taxes, protecting people from second hand smoke, preventing tobacco industry interference, supporting cessation services, monitoring the tobacco use epidemic; and enforcing and strengthening tobacco control legislation.
HONIARA, 10 July 2014 – Dr Shin Young-soo, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, visited Solomon Islands and the National Referral Hospital to offer WHO support for major public health challenges and to donate an emergency health kit to replenish supplies used during the recent floods.
WHO to launch bi-regional guidance document on HIV at the 20th International AIDS Conference
On 20 July 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be launching a new guidance on HIV titled, Metrics for Monitoring the Cascade of HIV Testing, Care and Treatment Services in Asia and the Pacific at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific will join the organization-wide efforts in organizing different symposiums, workshops and media conferences on priority areas such as antiretroviral treatment and HIV prevention among key populations. More than 14 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries and 1000 journalists will convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 25 July 2014.
China National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for vaccines receives WHO endorsement
BEIJING - China’s National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for vaccines, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), has been evaluated by WHO experts, and assessed as meeting or exceeding all World Health Organization (WHO) standards, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announced today.
Prevention of Violence against Women priority for Cambodian Ministry of Women´s Affairs, UN Women and WHO
On 2 June 2014 the Cambodian Ministry of Women’s Affairs, supported by UN Women, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Embassy in Cambodia, launched a new study into the prevalence of violence against women in Cambodia. The purpose of the study, which will be undertaken throughout 2014 with results due in 2015, is to generate nationally representative data among women aged 15-64 about their experiences of violence.