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.
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.
5 April 2015- Whether we are farmers or fishermen, shop owners, canteen operators or consumers, food is an integral part of Pacific lives. It is important to ensure the quality and safety of the food we eat to keep us healthy. Every year the World Health Organization identifies a critical health area to be highlighted on World Health Day (April 7). This year, it is food safety - something that affects every single one of us, every day.
31 March 2015 - In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, the risk of infectious disease outbreaks is a real concern. Implementing a mass measles vaccination campaigns is one strategy to reduce that risk. A joint WHO, MoH and UNICEF measles vaccination campaign targeting children under 5 started on 27 March 2015. Children under the age of 5 are most at-risk of the serious complications brought on by measles.
Highlights from WHO
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.
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.
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.