MANILA, 02 July 2015 — Ten national HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection (STI) programmes, civil society and development partners in the Western Pacific Region have joined forces to ensure that everyone living with HIV knows their status and is able to access HIV treatment. This push for expanded HIV testing coverage came during a recent two-day meeting organized by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Manila, the Philippines.
WHO recommends continuation of strong disease control measures to bring MERS-CoV outbreak in Republic of Korea to an end
MANILA, 13 JUNE 2015 - A joint mission by the World Health Organization and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare to review the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) in the Republic of Korea has recommended that continuing strengthening of contact tracing, monitoring and quarantine as well as expanded laboratory testing will prevent further spread of the virus.
MANILA, 16 June 2015 – The WHO in the Western Pacific continues to build momentum in addressing the very high burden of viral hepatitis, which causes more than half a million deaths annually in the Region.
Nearly 40% of global deaths attributable to viral hepatitis occur in the Western Pacific, more than the combined death toll from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
MANILA, 11 June 2015 – On World Blood Donor Day (14 June), the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific urges more people to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. The event serves both to thank blood donors and raise awareness of the need for more regular blood donors to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for those in need.
- Scaling-up HIV testing is critical to end the AIDS epidemic in Asia-Pacific
- WHO recommends continuation of strong disease control measures to bring MERS-CoV outbreak in Republic of Korea to an end
- Addressing the burden of viral hepatitis in the Western Pacific
- A gift that saves lives: WHO calls on everyone to regularly give blood
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.