Outbreaks and emergencies

Floods in Lao PDR - Update and funding request

The Ministry of Health and WHO are working together
to provide health services to affected communities
(Credit: WHO)

On Monday 23 July, heavy rains overwhelmed an auxiliary dam of a hydroelectric project, causing catastrophic flash flooding in villages downstream. More than a hundred people remain missing and thousands are taking shelter in temporary camps. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and partners to prevent, detect and control disease outbreaks and ensure affected communities can access life-saving health services.

Papua New Guinea confirms poliovirus outbreak, launches response


PORT MORESBY, 25 JUNE 2018 - The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea and the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that the strain of poliovirus first detected in a child from Morobe Province in April is now circulating in the same community.

The one confirmed case is a 6-year-old boy with lower limb weakness, first detected on 28 April 2018. A vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) had been isolated as the cause of the paralysis on 21 May 2018.

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.


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