Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, Pacific address

19 May 2015– Minister for Health and Medical Services of Fiji, the Honourable Mr Usamate addressed the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly. Speaking on behalf of the Pacific Member States, the Minister highlighted the healthy islands vision as the unifying theme for the Pacific and underscored noncommunicable diseases as a major challenges to be addressed to achieve the vision. He also called on countries to take action on climate change as a matter of urgency.

Protecting the children of Vanuatu from measles

WHO/A Craig

1 May 2015 - A mass immunization campaign to protect children from measles in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam was successfully completed by the Ministry of Health, Vanuatu with the support of the Government of Australia, Save the Children, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Vision.

20 years of the Healthy Island journey


15 April 2015 - The Eleventh Pacific Health Ministers meeting commenced in Yanuca Island, Fiji, today. The Pacific Ministers will review progress over the last 20 years in health and chart the course for the years to come. The first Pacific Health Ministers meeting in 1995 was also held in Yanuca Island, where ministers created a unifying Healthy Islands vision for Pacific island countries and areas.

A month after Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu continues to face health challenges

15 April 2015 - Working with the Ministry of Health of Vanuatu and other partners, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made significant progress in addressing the health needs of the more than 160 000 people affected by Cyclone Pam. However, a month after the Category 5 storm ravaged the Pacific island country, many pressing health challenges remain.

Highlights from WHO

  • April 2015

    WHO report finds systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking

    A new WHO report highlights the need for governments to take active measures to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics. WHO, countries and partners have developed a draft Global Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance to be reviewed by the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015.

  • April 2015

    Protecting and strengthening gains for a malaria-free future

    World Malaria Day 2015 is commemorated on 25 April each year. The theme this year is “Invest in the future, defeat malaria". WHO in the Western Pacific Region is urging Member States to consolidate recent gains against malaria and accelerate efforts towards a malaria-free Region.

  • April 2015

    Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO

    Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24 -30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

  • March 2015

    WHO calls for new commitments to end tuberculosis

    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's work in the South Pacific

2014 Pacific year in review

Major stories from the Pacific in 2014

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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