Unite to End TB, by properly financing care

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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.

The road to universal health coverage in the Solomon Islands

A mother is smiling at a routine check-up for her baby, laying on her lap, as a health worker goes through paperwork and another mother with baby waits behind, in Visale rural health clinic in the Solomon Islands
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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.

Gender equality makes everyone healthier: WHO

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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.

A new vision for WHO–Lao People’s Democratic Republic partnership

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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.

WHO Highlights

  • 7 April 2017

    World Health Day 2017
    Depression: Let's Talk

    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.

  • July 2016

    Mosquito borne diseases: Mosquitoes cause thousands of deaths every year

    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.

  • February 2016

    Tropical Cyclone Winston

    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.

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 2016—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.