SUVA, 20 May - Civil servants from various government ministries and members of the Fiji Police Force as well as WHO were part of a nation-wide campaign to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in Fiji. Speaking at the launch of the month-long campaign#FightTheBiteFiji, H.E. the President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote noted the importance of getting rid of mosquito breeding sources in every neighbourhood in light of the various mosquito-borne diseases affecting the country. Besides dengue and chikungunya, Fiji is also facing the threat of Zika.
SUVA, 3 APRIL 2016- As Fiji prepares its athletes for the sprint to the finishing line, medical officials have conducted an assessment of the risk posed by Zika virus to the Fijian contingent and visitors at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.
SIGATOKA, FIJI, 15 APRIL 2016 - What seemed like a routine visit to the maternal and child clinic for some 25 pregnant women quickly turned into an informative session on Zika virus. As soon as leaflets arrived at the Sigatoka hospital on Friday morning, nurses wasted no time in picking up copies and explaining the importance of prevention of the Zika virus to the group.
SUVA, 14 April – The widespread destruction left by Tropical Cyclone Winston is evident in Fiji, but less visible is the psychological and emotional trauma inflicted by the category 5 storm that swept the country nearly two months ago.
85%of children in most Pacific island countries and areas are vaccinated.Public health successes in the Pacific
90%of most Pacific island countries and areas have access to clean water.Environmental health
15%drop in under 5 mortality rate in the past two decades in the Pacific.Child health
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Tropical Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji on 20-21 February, resulting in 44 deaths, over 125 injured, and thousands without shelter, food, and safe water. In all, the cyclone affected the lives of an estimated 350,000 people. WHO is supporting the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the health response to this disaster with help from many humanitarian partners.
WHO announced today that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This comes after the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee agreed that a causal link between this cluster and Zika virus disease is strongly suspected. It constitutes an “extraordinary event” and a public health threat to other parts of the world.
Movies showing tobacco products have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking, according to the new WHO "Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action".
Nearly 40% of global deaths attributable to viral hepatitis occur in the Western Pacific, more than the combined death toll from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. To mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, WHO in the Western Pacific Region urges policy-makers, health workers and the public to take action to stop infection and death from hepatitis B and C.
To pay for the new Sustainable Development Goal for health, WHO is urging countries to move towards universal health coverage and to scale up international investment in catalytic development funding. WHO urges the international community to strengthen cooperation with low- and lower-middle income countries to combine domestic and external funding so they provide the resources required.
In a commentary on “Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health” from the second Lancet Commission, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, highlights 3 recommendations where WHO will make direct contributions: financing for climate-resilient health systems; policy recommendations on energy systems that contribute to cleaner air; and monitoring and assessing progress.