Congratulations, Tonga! Pacific island state eliminates lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem
MANILA, 31 July 2017 - The Kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean may be small in population, but it is kicking big goals in public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated that the country has eliminated lymphatic filariasis — also known as elephantiasis — as a public health problem.
MANILA, 30 March 2017 - The World Health Organization (WHO) today congratulated the Republic of the Marshall Islands on eliminating lymphatic filariasis — also known as elephantiasis — as a public health problem.
October 2016 - After over a decade of efforts, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu have eliminated lymphatic filariasis—also known as elephantiasis—as a public health problem. Dr Margaret Chan, World Health Oganization (WHO) Director-General and Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region, congratulated health ministers from the four countries for this historical achievement during the opening of the sixty-seventh session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific.
New standard operating procedures for malaria microscopy
MAY 2016 - WHO has developed a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to guide microscopists working at all levels of the health care system on the correct procedures for performing microscopy diagnosis for malaria.
About the malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic (MVP) diseases unit
MVP is under WHO Western Pacific Region's Division of Communicable Diseases. The unit's key technical areas and responsibilities include malaria, dengue and other arboviruses, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and research into infectious diseases related to poverty. Its goals are to reduce the health burden caused by vectorborne and parasitic diseases and eliminate them, where feasible, through operational research; strengthening surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; ensuring full coverage of diagnosis and treatment especially of at-risk populations; and providing technical guidance to, and cooperating with, Member States. Read more