5 August 2014 - “Let us create a healthy, NCD free, Fiji – it can be done and legislation has a huge role to play in its achievement”. These were part of the opening remarks of the Fiji President, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at the inaugural workshop on Noncommunicable disease (NCD) and law.
11 July 2014 - Tobacco use is a major cause of preventable, premature death in many Pacific islands. To combat this scourge, WHO launched the Tobacco Free Pacific campaign today. The campaign will drive action to meet the goal the Pacific Ministers of Health adopted of a Tobacco Free Pacific (<5% adult tobacco use) for each Pacific Island country and territory by 2025.
27 June 2014 - Since WHO’s Mr Rex Thomas was assigned to manage the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) learning centre and programmes in Northern Vanuatu a few years ago, participation in continuing professional development activities has increased markedly. Health workers in the area have greatly enhanced their computer skills and used these to develop their professional skills.
13 June 2014 - On World Blood Donor Day (14 June) we are reminded that transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives each year. Blood can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and can support complex medical procedures. Blood also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal care.
Human Resources for Health (HRH) profiles completed in seven Pacific Island Countries and Areas
Highlights from WHO
As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, WHO is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health.
On World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2014), health professionals and advocates are urged to continue protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding as a means of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and as a focus for the post-2015 development agenda.
Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year—which is close to the number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, and more than those caused by malaria and tuberculosis. Despite the high burden on individuals, families and societies, political and financial engagement remains inadequate. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 500 million people worldwide are affected by chronic hepatitis B and C.
Dr Shin Young-soo, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, visited Solomon Islands and the National Referral Hospital to offer WHO support for major public health challenges and to donate an emergency health kit to replenish supplies used during the recent floods.