MANILA, 15 October 2014 – The sixty-fifth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific today endorsed action plans to ensure Member States are fully prepared to respond to the challenges of vaccine-preventable diseases and emergencies and disasters. The Regional Committee also noted progress on several technical programmes and issues.
14 October 2014 – More than 14 million people between the ages of 30 and 70 die each year from NCDs. 85% live in developing countries. This feature story illustrates how counselling centres in the Republic of Korea provide important community-based services to help combat noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
KIRIBATI, 6 October 2014 — As the centre of village life in Kiribati, maneaba, or meeting houses, are leading by example. Village elders have become champions for tobacco control by declaring their maneaba tobacco free areas to protect community health from the dangers of tobacco smoke. Gifting tobacco when visiting the maneaba is no longer the norm. Instead, visitors give the gift of health with tokens such as sports equipment.
MANILA, 26 September 2014 – Every day, millions of people across the Western Pacific Region go about their lives unaware of the hidden danger lurking in their food—salt. The overconsumption of salt and sodium is linked to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke. On World Heart Day (29 September), WHO urges everyone to adopt heart-healthy choices by consuming a diet low in salt.
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.
GENEVA – WHO is working to ensure an international health worker who is deployed for the Organization in Sierra Leone and has contracted Ebola receives the best care possible including the option of medical evacuation to another care facility if necessary.