Prevent and control noncommunicable diseases for healthy islands

Photo shows WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo (second from right) with (from left) UNDP Administrator Mrs Helen Clark, Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Mailelegaoi and Samoa Minister of Health Tuitama Leao Dr Talalelei Tuitama.

APIA, 1 September 2014 - The Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) call on the international community to support SIDS by reducing trade in unhealthy products, encouraging healthy food and drink consumption, and ensuring the noncommunicable disease (NCD) goals and targets are central to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This is “the Apia Challenge” presented as an outcome of NCD Side Event, at The Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States.

Fiji’s schools teach healthy living


22 August 2014 -- Pupils at Khemendra Primary School in Fiji don’t just learn about healthy food, they help to grow their own. Each class is responsible for cultivating different types of fruit and vegetables in the school garden and greenhouse. Khemendra Primary is one of more than 84 schools participating in a national network, which receives resources from the Fijian Ministry of Health and WHO. Addressing the link between food supply and public health policies will be one of the topics at the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November.

WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters

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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.

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  • 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.