Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters
10 June 2015 – Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The theme of this year’s campaign is "Thank you for saving my life". It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” Each time you give blood you may save up to 3 lives.
31 May 2015 - The Cook Islands Ministry of Health has made great strides with efforts to decrease the number of new smokers and to increase the number of smokers who quit. Anticipating that the large increase in tobacco prices would encourage smokers to quit, the Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization, launched a free smoking cessation program.
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.
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.
Highlights from WHO
This joint WHO/World Bank Group report is the first of its kind to measure health service coverage and financial protection to assess countries’ progress towards universal health coverage. It shows that at least 400 million people do not have access to one or more essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending.
In a commentary on “Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health” from the second Lancet Commission, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, highlights 3 recommendations where WHO will make direct contributions: financing for climate-resilient health systems; policy recommendations on energy systems that contribute to cleaner air; and monitoring and assessing progress.
WHO supports Member States in its response to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) within the Western Pacific Region
Since the emergence of the first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case in the Republic of Korea, the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region has been working closely with national authorities to support response efforts and prevent further spread of the virus.
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.