Outbreaks and emergencies

Japan and Singapore pass a key milestone on the path to Health Security

15 May 2018 – Japan and Singapore are the first two countries in the Western Pacific Region in 2018 to conduct a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of their core capacities under the International Health Regulations (2005) or IHR (2005). IHR (2005) is a global legal framework outlining the capacities that countries require to protect their citizens, and the citizens of neighbouring countries, during outbreaks and public health emergencies.

50 days on, WHO continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake

16 APRIL 2018, PORT MORESBY - Fifty days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), limited delivery of essential health services has resumed in earthquake-affected provinces. However, thousands remain vulnerable to health threats as they continue to live in crowded temporary settlements with inadequate access to clean water and medical services.

More than 500 000 were affected by the earthquake that struck on 26 February. At least 25 000 people have been displaced, while many communities continue to face compromised water and food supplies, significantly increasing threats of disease outbreaks.

Health Facilities Devastated by PNG Quake

21 MARCH 2018, PORT MORESBY - A third of all health facilities have closed in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces as a result of the Papua New Guinea earthquake.

On 26 February, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, triggering landslides, affecting water sources and wiping out houses, health facilities, people and crops. More than 190 aftershocks have been recorded, according to the United States Geological Survey, including one as recently as 20 March.

Emergency health team deployed to earthquake-affected provinces of PNG

Port Moresby, 08 March 2018 — As aftershocks continue to rattle the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Department of Health (NDOH) are working together to send support to the worst-affected communities.


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