WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters

WHO/E. Nilles

18 August 2014 -- As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, WHO is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO will draw attention to attacks on health-care workers, hospitals, clinics and ambulances in Syria, Gaza, Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and other areas.

Supporting women's health in typhoon-ravaged areas

Health Workers of the Marasbaras Women’s Health Clinic in Tacloban. Photo: WHO/F. Guerrero

11 August 2014 – The World Health Organization, the Philippine Department of Health together with local and international health partners continue to rehabilitate health facilities damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in November 2013. Since April 2014, the Marasbaras Women’s Health Clinic in Tacloban has been fully functional, providing much-needed health services such as HIV/STI testing and STI treatment, one-on-one health education and counselling, family planning services, as well as STI/HIV/AIDS seminars, giving communities access to essential sexual and reproductive health-care services.

WHO joins global call to promote breastfeeding - a winning goal for life

WHO/A. Bhatiasevi

MANILA, 1 August 2014 –On World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2014), health professionals and advocates are urged to continue protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding as a means of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and as a focus for the post-2015 development agenda.

WHO urges action against antimicrobial resistance in the Western Pacific Region

MANILA, 1 August 2014 – Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious threat to global public health that places the lives and the well-being of the people in the Western Pacific Region at risk. AMR has the potential to damage trade and economies, increase the cost of health care and hamper the control of infectious diseases.

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WHO Highlights

  • August 2014

    WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    GENEVA - The first meeting of the Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease. Based on the advice of the Committee, the Director-General declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Director-General endorsed the Committee’s advice and issued them as temporary recommendations under IHR (2005) to reduce the international spread of Ebola.

  • August 2014

    Consultation on draft Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

    A World Health Assembly resolution calls on WHO to lead the development of a Global action plan to address antimicrobial resistance and submit a draft plan to the 2015 World Health Assembly. In this first stage, WHO will seek contributions to help draft the action plan. The consultation is open until 1 September 2014.

  • July 2014

    WHO to launch bi-regional guidance document on HIV at the 20th International AIDS Conference

    On 20 July 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) will be launching a new guidance on HIV titled, Metrics for Monitoring the Cascade of HIV Testing, Care and Treatment Services in Asia and the Pacific at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific will join the organization-wide efforts in organizing different symposiums, workshops and media conferences on priority areas such as antiretroviral treatment and HIV prevention among key populations. More than 14 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries and 1000 journalists will convene at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 25 July 2014.

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 2013—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.