Asia-Pacific countries need to improve affordable access to healthcare
27 November 2014 – Most countries in the Asia-Pacific region need to step up their efforts to give more people access to affordable, quality health care. Too many people, especially women, cannot get the medical treatment they need due to high costs, difficulties in getting permission to see a doctor or a lack of health care providers in rural areas, according to Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014, a joint publication by the World Health Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
MANILA, 24 November 2014 — While the risk of a travel-related case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Western Pacific Region is not high, the consequences could be significant. To assess Member State preparedness for a potential EVD outbreak, the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific conducted a country preparedness survey and facilitated a simulation exercise in October 2014.
MANILA, 21 November 2014 - Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health threat. The rapid rise and spread of AMR—especially antibiotic resistance—places the well-being of the Western Pacific Region's 1.8 billion people at risk. During Antibiotic Awareness Week (17–23 November 2014), the World Health Organization (WHO) urges everyone to use antibiotics responsibly, so these drugs can continue to protect our families and communities from harmful bacteria.
MANILA, 18 November 2014 – More than 200 people drown each day in low- and middle-income countries in the Western Pacific Region, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) latest report on injury prevention, Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer. The report identifies drowning as a leading cause of death in young people.
20 November 2014
SUVA, Fiji – Health leaders from 21 Pacific island countries and areas will meet in Nadi, Fiji to discuss progress in the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) in the Pacific. Preparedness to respond to the deadly Ebola virus, should the virus be imported into the Pacific region by a traveller returning from West Africa, will be a key item for discussion.
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific releases latest ageing and health fact sheet
In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates. This population ageing can be seen as a success story for public health policies and for socioeconomic development, but it also challenges society to adapt, in order to maximize the health and functional capacity of older people and their participation and security.
The report recommends that appropriate government bodies restrict e-cigarette advertising and that steps be taken to end use of e-cigarettes indoors in public and work places.