News briefing on the noncommunicable diseases in the Western Pacific

6 March 2013

The World Health Organization in the Western Pacific held a news briefing about the noncommunicable diseases on 6 March 2013, the first day of a three-day consultation on a draft action plan for the prevention and control of the diseases in the region. The news briefing took place at the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila, the Philippines.

The briefers were (from left to right):

  • Moderator: Timothy O'Leary, Public Information Officer, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
  • Dr Mark Jacobs, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, New Zealand, and chairman of the consultation
  • Dr Susan Mercado, Director, Building Healthy Communities and Populations, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
  • Dr Hendrik Bekedam, Director, Health Sector Development, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
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