Malaria, other vectorborne and parasitic diseases programme

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic congratulated for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem

 Dr Or Vandine, Director General for Health, Cambodia receiving award
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On the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, the Kingdom of Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic was congratulated on eliminating trachoma as a public health problem by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, and Chairperson of sixty-seventh Regional Committee, Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary, Department of Health, Australia

WHO commends PNG and Japan for committing to eliminate elephantiasis in PNG

12 SEPTEMBER 2017, PORT MORESBY - Last Friday, the National Department of Health (NDoH) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), on behalf of their governments, signed Meeting Minutes for the Project for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Pacific Region. The signing ceremony which took place in Port Moresby was witnessed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Accelerating elimination of schistosomiasis through community empowerment in the Western Pacific Region

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The Western Pacific Region has a long history with the control of Asian schistosomiasis, with significant progress achieved in some countries. As prevalence goes down and countries accelerate their efforts to eliminate the disease, surveillance system also needs to be improved by intensifying active surveillance, establishing passive surveillance and also improving diagnostic techniques to be able to detect infected cases in a low-prevalence setting.

How safe is your food? One Health strategy to accelerate control of foodborne and zoonotic parasitic diseases in the Western Pacific Region

Think of the last meal you ate – now ask yourself, how safe was it? While much of the food we consume may look fresh and appetizing, it isn’t always safe.

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.

Republic of the Marshall Islands eliminates lymphatic filariasis 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.

Communities drive elimination of schistosomiasis through improving water, sanitation and hygiene in Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by schistosoma parasites and can cause bloody diarrhoea, nausea, anaemia, stunting, development retardation and even death in severe cases. Caused by Schistosoma mekongi, the disease is endemic in approximately 200 villages of Champassak province in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, and 200 villages of Kratie and Stung Treng provinces in Cambodia, along a 250 kilometre stretch of the Mekong River with about 178,000 people at risk.

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16 diseasesout of 20 Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are endemic in the Western Pacific Region

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51.6 millionpeople were reached by preventive chemotherapy intervention for at least one NTDs in the region (2016)

Epidemiological record (2017)

 

8 validations of elimination of NTDs as a public health problem were achieved since 2016

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