Healthy islands are tobacco free islands

11 July 2014 - Tobacco use is a major cause of preventable, premature death in many Pacific islands. To combat this scourge, WHO launched the Tobacco Free Pacific campaign today. The campaign will drive action to meet the goal the Pacific Ministers of Health adopted of a Tobacco Free Pacific (<5% adult tobacco use) for each Pacific Island country and territory by 2025.

Health workers in Vanuatu improve skills

27 June 2014 - Since WHO’s Mr Rex Thomas was assigned to manage the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) learning centre and programmes in Northern Vanuatu a few years ago, participation in continuing professional development activities has increased markedly. Health workers in the area have greatly enhanced their computer skills and used these to develop their professional skills.

WHO Fiji and friends give blood

13 June 2014 - On World Blood Donor Day (14 June) we are reminded that transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives each year. Blood can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and can support complex medical procedures. Blood also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal care.

Tobacco control protecting health in the Pacific

29 May 2014 - Islands throughout the Pacific have made significant strides in tobacco control over the past year as a component of addressing the noncommunicable disease crisis. Several Pacific island countries are on their way to becoming healthy islands through key measures such as raised taxes on tobacco products. Pacific Islands will celebrate achievements in tobacco control and advocate for increased action on World No Tobacco Day (31 May).


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  • Apia Communiqué
    From the Tenth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting, Apia Samoa, 2-4 July 2013



Highlights from WHO

  • July 2014

    World Hepatitis Day 2014: Working towards a hepatitis-free Western Pacific Region

    Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year—which is close to the number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, and more than those caused by malaria and tuberculosis. Despite the high burden on individuals, families and societies, political and financial engagement remains inadequate. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 500 million people worldwide are affected by chronic hepatitis B and C.

  • July 2014

    WHO donates medicines and medical supplies to Solomon Islands

    Dr Shin Young-soo, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, visited Solomon Islands and the National Referral Hospital to offer WHO support for major public health challenges and to donate an emergency health kit to replenish supplies used during the recent floods.

  • July 2014

    Accelerating progress on women’s and children’s health

    Although maternal and child mortality have been reduced and access to reproductive health services has improved, progress overall is insufficient and uneven. This editorial highlights five key investments and strategies to accelerate progress on women's and children's health.

  • July 2014

    Immunization coverage reaches 84%, still short of 90% goal

    Estimates tell a success story for the Expanded Programme on Immunization, namely that global coverage with vaccines, measured by the proportion of children who received 3 doses of vaccines containing diphtheria tetanus-pertussis (DTP3), rose from 73% in 2000 to 84% in 2013, a substantial increase. But the numbers still fall short of the goal set out in the Global Vaccine Action Plan.

WHO's work in the South Pacific

2013 Pacific year in review

Major stories from the Pacific in 2013

Working with Pacific partners

Collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

WHO Multi-Country Cooperation Strategy for the Pacific 2013–2017 (MCCS)

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