Watch out for dengue, WHO reminds flood survivors

16 April 2014 (Honiara) - Residents of Honiara and other urban centres in the Solomon Islands should take steps to protect their families from dengue, WHO reminds the public today. From January to April 11 this year, there have been 638 cases of dengue in Solomon Islands, of which, 106 cases were reported this week. While case numbers are increasing, no outbreak has been reported to date.

WHO & ONOC Join Efforts to Motivate Physical Activity

16 April 2014 - Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. WHO and the Oceania National Olympic Committee are joining forces to promote heath and sports, particularly among children. Under an agreement signed today in Suva, Fiji, the two organizations will work with key stakeholders at regional, national and country levels to combat physical inactivity for healthier Pacific children.

World Health Day 2014: Small bite, big threat

7 April 2014 - Small things can cause big problems, such as the tiny mosquito transmitting dengue in Fiji right now. World Health Day is celebrated each year on 7 April and this year, the theme is vector-borne diseases: “Small bite – big threat”. While this can be frightening to think about, there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Dengue serotype 3 re-emerges in the South Pacific

16 January 2014 - Dengue virus serotype 3 has recently re-emerged in several countries and territories in the South Pacific after nearly 20 years. The number of cases is expected to continue to increase in the coming months in many places including Fiji, French Polynesia and Kiribati, while a large outbreak in Solomon Islands is winding down. Currently, health ministries in affected areas are actively working on community-based prevention while also refreshing the skills of medical personnel to recognize and treat the symptoms of dengue.

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

Highlights from WHO

  • March 2014

    As we prepare for World Health Day 2014

    Mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs may be a threat to your health – and that of your family – at home and when travelling. This is the message of this year’s World Health Day, 7 April, which highlights actions we can all take to protect ourselves from the serious diseases that these “vectors” can cause.

  • March 2014

    Pacific Pharmaceutical Sector Country Profile Reports

    Seven Pacific island pharmaceutical country profiles are now available. The profiles contain information on existing socio-economic and health-related conditions, resources; as well as on regulatory structures, processes and outcomes relating to the pharmaceutical sector in each country. Currently, profiles are available for: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.

  • March 2014

    Four Western Pacific countries and areas are measles-free

    The WHO Western Pacific Region celebrates a milestone with the announcement of measles elimination by Australia, Macao (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea. They are the first countries or areas in the Region to receive this distinction. Measles kills approximately 330 people worldwide every day, mostly children under the age of five.

  • March 2014

    Protecting unborn babies from alcohol-related harm

    Alcohol and drug abuse during pregnancy can harm babies. It can also cause miscarriage, preterm birth, and stillbirth. If an unborn baby is exposed to alcohol it can be affected for life. Aboriginal women in Australia have shown how communities can take action to protect their women and babies from alcohol-related harm in pregnancy.

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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