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WHO working closely with Republic of Korea on response to MERS case

MANILA, Philippines | 17 September 2018 - The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to support the Republic of Korea in responding to an imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The Organization has been working with the country to support contact tracing, public communication and information-sharing under the International Health Regulations (2005).

Case of imported MERS reported in Republic of Korea

9 September 2018 -- The Republic of Korea has officially reported an imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This is the first case seen in the country since the end of an outbreak in 2015. The case is a 61-year-old male who had travelled to Kuwait for business between 16 August and 6 September. He was hospitalized with fever, diarrhoea and respiratory symptoms shortly after returning to the Republic of Korea and is currently receiving treatment in isolation.

WHO continues to support flood response activities in Attapeu Province

3 September 2018, Attapeu Province - It has been more than a month since the Attapeu flood, and the Ministry of Health held the first cross-sectoral coordination meeting between the Government and humanitarian partners on 23 August. All partners and stakeholders working in the field attended the meeting chaired by the Attapeu Provincial Health Director, Dr Onephiew Phothilath.

Protecting women in Solomon Islands from cervical cancer

31 August 2018 – Solomon Islands, with support from WHO, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is focusing on prevention of cervical cancer using the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect girls aged 9-14 years old against the disease.


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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 No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease."

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  • The Work of WHO in the Western Pacific Region
    This report to the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific focuses on WHO’s work in the Region for the year ending 30 June 2018—a year of decisive action to tackle the Region’s health challenges.