Vector control response in a post-flood disaster setting, Honiara, Solomon Islands
The devastating floods of April 2014 in the Solomon Islands occurred on the cusp of the annual peak transmission season of malaria and dengue. With thousands living in close proximity in evacuation centres, reduced sanitation and an immense number of stagnant pools of water, ideal breeding sites for mosquitos; there was a dangerous combination of factors for an outbreak of malaria and/or arboviral diseases threatening to further impact upon those who had already lost their homes and livelihood. However, swift action and collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Medical Services of the Solomon Islands and the World Health Organization prevented a potential health crisis.
Strategy, speed and collaboration are essential to eliminate malaria - Greater Mekong Subregion is ground zero in the war against drug resistance
In close consultation with countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion, the WHO Regional Offices for the Western Pacific and South-East Asia have developed a malaria elimination strategy for the Subregion, where emerging antimalarial multidrug resistance, including resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies, is threatening our recent gains. The elimination strategy is fully aligned with the Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030, which has just been endorsed by the World Health Assembly. The first subregional document that effectively operationalizes the global strategy, it is a prime example of partnership and collaboration, with six countries, WHO (two regions and headquarters) and multiple development partners joining forces to fight a common threat.
Recognizing the rapidly increasing threat posed by expanding dengue outbreaks, several Member States in the Western Pacific have called on WHO to develop a new regional action plan beyond 2015.
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) afflict over one billion people worldwide and affect the health of millions in the Western Pacific Region. While WHO Member States in the Western Pacific Region have taken significant steps in recent years to address NTDs ranging from dengue to lymphatic filariasis and yaws, these efforts have received a boost, through the first-ever regional training on integrated NTD programme management training held by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO).
- Vector control response in a post-flood disaster setting, Honiara, Solomon Islands
- Strategy, speed and collaboration are essential to eliminate malaria - Greater Mekong Subregion is ground zero in the war against drug resistance
- Member States call for new dengue regional action plan beyond 2015
- A Landmark in Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Western Pacific
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
- Global Strategy for dengue prevention and control, 2012–2020
- Emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion:
- Investing to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases
- Addressing diseases of poverty: An initiative to reduce the unacceptable burden of neglected tropical diseases in the Asia Pacific Region
- Managing regional public goods for health : community-based dengue vector control
- Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030