WHO, DOH, KOICA Launch AcCESS for MNH project to improve health of mothers and newborns in Davao Region
DAVAO, Philippines, 28 August 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office XI launched on 18 August 2015 at SMEX Convention Center, Davao City a three-year Subnational Initiative (SNI) project called "Accelerating Convergence Efforts through Systems Strengthening for Maternal and Newborn Health" or AcCESS for MNH. The project aims to improve the health of mothers and newborns in 10 local government units (LGUs) in Davao Region.
PORT MORESBY, 12 August 2015 – More than 200 000 children stand to benefit from life-saving polio and measles-rubella vaccines as Papua New Guinea introduced the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and measles-rubella (MR) vaccine into the country's routine immunization programme.
MANILA, 10 August 2015 – A mother should not be made to choose between going back to work or breastfeeding her baby. Twenty five years ago the global community, through the Innocenti Declaration, recognized breastfeeding as the ideal nutrition for babies' growth and development. Unfortunately, many challenges hinder mothers from providing their babies with the best start in life. These obstacles include unsupportive work environments and a lack of policies that protect and promote breastfeeding.
MANILA, 28 July 2015 – Intensified public health measures, including contact tracing, quarantine and isolation of all contacts and suspected cases, and infection prevention and control have brought the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) under control in the Republic of Korea. Since 4 July no new cases have been reported. Yesterday, all remaining contacts were released from quarantine symptom-free, following 14 days of isolation and monitoring.
- WHO, DOH, KOICA Launch AcCESS for MNH project to improve health of mothers and newborns in Davao Region
- More than 200 000 children in Papua New Guinea to benefit from polio, measles-rubella vaccine
- WHO calls for maternity protection to support breastfeeding and work
- Intensified public health measures help control MERS-CoV outbreak in the Republic of Korea
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.
Yanuca Island, Fiji – The Eleventh Pacific Health Ministers meeting commenced in Yanuca Island, Fiji from 15-17 April 2015. The Pacific Ministers reviewed progress over the last 20 years in health and charted the course for the years to come. The first Pacific Health Ministers meeting in 1995 was also held in Yanuca Island, where ministers created a unifying Healthy Islands vision for Pacific island countries and areas. The meeting articulated a response to the specific needs of the region.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health, international partners and aid organizations to assess the health impact caused by Cyclone Pam, the most powerful storm to pass through the South Pacific in more than a decade. Lives have been lost and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the cyclone, and WHO and the Ministry of Health are coordinating the response to address the challenges the Vanuatu people now face in its aftermath.