WHO to review its work in the Western Pacific Region

News release

Manila, 11 June 2008—The 59th session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for the Western Pacific will meet from 22 to 26 September 2008 in Manila, Philippines, to discuss important health issues affecting the Region.

The Regional Committee, composed of Member States in the Western Pacific, is WHO's governing body in the Region. Some 100 representatives from 37 countries and areas, including ministers of health, are expected to attend the meeting.

Dr Shigeru Omi, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, will report to the Regional Committee on the progress of WHO programmes undertaken in coordination with Member States.

As this session is Dr Omi's last Regional Committee meeting before giving way to a new regional director early next year, Dr Omi's report will review WHO's work in the Region over the last decade, taking in his two five-year terms.

Dr Omi's successor will be nominated by the Regional Committee and confirmed by WHO's Executive Board in January 2009.

In addition to the Report of the Regional Director, other health issues for discussion include:

  • protecting health from the effects of climate change, including a draft regional framework;
  • strategic plan for dengue prevention and control for Asia;
  • health systems strengthening and primary health care;
  • prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases; and
  • progress reports on avian and pandemic influenza and the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases; HIV/AIDS including sexually transmitted infections; prevention and control of tuberculosis; vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, measles and hepatitis B; and the People at the Centre of Care Initiative.

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