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Kiribati Butiraoi ferry disaster

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) send their deepest condolences to the people of Kiribati following the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. This is a tragic event for the country of Kiribati, and we extend our thoughts to those affected families and communities.

WHO and UNICEF are closely coordinating with the Government of Kiribati to support the emergency response.

Healthy Islands: South Pacific Tourism Organisation and World Health Organization forge new partnership

SUVA, Fiji, 17 January 2018 – The World Health Organization and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation join forces to promote healthy tourism in the Pacific. Through a new partnership, the organizations commit to promoting the health and well-being of tourists and the tourism workforce by establishing smoke-free public places, increasing access to healthy local food options and physical activities and improving accessibility for persons with disabilities in the tourism sector.

WHO supports the end of violence against women and girls in the Pacific

From 25 November to 10 December, WHO offices in the Pacific are taking part in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Campaign, a global campaign calling for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

This year’s theme, Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls, builds on the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030) and calls for the need to leave no one behind, especially the underserved and marginalized.

Tackling misuse of antibiotics in Solomon Islands

At just 2 months old, baby Florida Berelia started to have difficulty breathing at her home in Alligator Creek, a community 13 kilometres from the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. “She was short of breath,” says her mother, Martha, “so I brought her to the hospital straight away.’’ Florida was admitted to the Pikinini (Children’s) Ward with severe pneumonia and treated with antibiotics. Pneumonia can be deadly for many young children, but thanks to effective treatment, Florida was much better within days.

Director of Pacific Technical Support/WHO Representative


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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

Highlights from WHO

  • Protecting children from unhealthy foods and drinks
    December 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific today launched an important new tool to protect children from unhealthy foods and drinks. The regional Nutrient Profile Model will help governments and policy-makers to more easily identify food and non-alcoholic beverages that should not be marketed to children. Nutrient profiles rank foods by their nutritional composition. As such, they are critical tools for the implementation of restrictions on the marketing of foods and beverages to children.
  • Rehabilitation: Key to creating enabling environments
    December 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 15% of the global population experience disability. This equates to around 270 million people in the Western Pacific Region. Many of these people encounter participation restrictions that significantly impact their ability to access health care and rehabilitation.
  • MOH and partners discussed ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the health sector
    March 2016 - 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 announces a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
    February 2016 - 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.
  • Films showing smoking scenes should be rated
    February 2016 - 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".
  • Do your part to prevent hepatitis
    July 2015 - 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.

WHO's work in the South Pacific

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Suva, Fiji

P. O. Box 113,
Suva, Fiji

Telephone: (679) 323 4100
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