25 March 2015 - A shipment of much-needed medical supplies arrived in Vanuatu on Monday. The supplies were donated by the Government of Solomon Islands. The supplies were transported from Honiara by the Australian military and include enough medication to provide basic primary health care to 100 000 people for three months. Packed in easy-to-transport kits, these supplies will be quickly distributed by plane or boat to the health facilities most in need.
PORT VILA, VANUATU, 18 March 2015 – Nearly a week after Tropical Cyclone Pam unleashed her wrath on the island nation of Vanuatu, the fate of at least 20 000 people living in the country’s southern islands remains unclear. The southern province of Tafea bore the brunt of the cyclone’s force experiencing winds of up to 320 kilometres per hour, reportedly flattening whole villages and leaving thousands homeless.
12 March 2015 - Inappropriate and irrational use of medicines is a widespread problem that waste resources and seriously undermines the quality of patient care and can also result in antimicrobial resistance. A Drug Therapeutics Committee (DTC) is a tool for promoting more efficient and rational use of medicines by providing a forum for joint work jointly to improve health care delivery, focusing on medicines-related components.
26 February 2015 - Laboratory services are part of every phase of alert and response, including detection, investigation and response. In order to assure the reliable and timely laboratory identification of infectious agents and other hazards - including Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) - countries need to be able to safely ship specimens to the appropriate laboratories for analysis.
Highlights from WHO
While the fight to reverse the spread of tuberculosis (TB) is gaining momentum, too many people are still affected by this disease. In 2013, 9 million people contracted TB and 1.5 million died from the disease. On World TB Day (24 March 2015), WHO calls for new actions and commitments in the global fight against TB.
WHO issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver. Worldwide, some 240 million people have chronic hepatitis B virus and are at increased risk of dying from cirrhosis and liver cancer. Effective medicines exist that can prevent people developing these conditions so they live longer.
As the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) marks a decade of saving lives, WHO in the Western Pacific Region is urging governments and policy-makers to continue efforts to protect all people from tobacco-related harms.
Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus and up to 315 000 with hepatitis C virus through an unsafe injection. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all health-care programmes switched to syringes that can only be used once.