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.
Vector control response in a post-flood disaster setting, Honiara, Solomon Islands
FEB 2016 - The devastating floods of April 2014 in the Solomon Islands occurred on the cusp of the annual peak transmission season of malaria & dengue. With thousands living in close proximity in evacuation centres, reduced sanitation, and stagnant pools of water that are 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 & Medical Services and WHO prevented a potential health crisis.
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.
- Cambodia, Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem
- New standard operating procedures for malaria microscopy
- Vector control response in a post-flood disaster setting, Honiara, Solomon Islands
- Member States call for new dengue regional action plan beyond 2015
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