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Women and girls are key agents to combat diabetes in the Pacific

14th of November marks the annual World Diabetes Day, this year’s theme being “Women and Diabetes”. World Diabetes Day 2017 not only recognizes that women are just as likely to develop diabetes as males, but also that women and girls are a key in efforts to combat the disease.

Design your future with WHO!

25 October 2017, SUVA – To fulfil WHO's mandate as the authority on international health, its Constitution notes the importance of "recruiting staff from as wide a geographical basis as possible." This is so that WHO, and the global health community, can benefit from the skills and experiences of all Member States. However, some Pacific island countries remain either "unrepresented" or "underrepresented", meaning that there are few WHO staff from these countries. As part of efforts to address this issue, WHO in the Western Pacific Region is convening workshops to attract promising young professionals to join WHO.

Misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating resistance

13 Nov 2017, Suva, Fiji Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today. To remind us that antibiotics are a precious resource that we cannot afford to lose, the World Antibiotic Awareness Week is celebrated annually with this year’s theme being “Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics“. During the week, WHO will also launch a year-long campaign called “Stop overuse and misuse of antibiotics – combat resistance”.

WHO supports Fiji to strengthen its national emergency medical teams

From the 24 – 27 October, technical staff from the WHO Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative came together with 40 health and emergency leaders from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Fiji National Disaster Management Office, first responders from other government departments and agencies came together to actively participate in an Emergency Medical Team Country Preparedness Workshop, held in Pacific Harbour, Fiji.

Director of Pacific Technical Support/WHO Representative

WHO Healthy Islands Recognition 2017

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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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