06 March 2014 – Schools across the Pacific have been helping kids develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Health Promoting Schools (HPS) programmes focus on different healthy behaviours including healthy diet. Schools across Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Tonga have focused on promoting healthy diet and increasing access to healthy foods.
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.
6 February 2014 - The Tenth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting held in Apia, Samoa in 2013 provided an opportunity to continue to move towards the Healthy Islands vision. The Apia Outcome is a condensed reference document of the meeting, which includes summaries and recommendations on topics such as health workforce development and mental health response in the Pacific.
20 December 2013 - In 2013, several significant public health events continued to shape the health landscape in the Pacific island countries and territories. Progress was made through post-disaster outbreak monitoring, health systems strengthening through primary care, and expanding noncommunicable disease prevention and control efforts. Regionally, Pacific Health Ministers adopted recommendations to scale-up the Pacific response to the NCD crisis and contributed towards shaping the post-2015 development agenda.
A tobacco free new year
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A healthy diet for a new year
5 gramsRecommended maximum amount of salt per day for adultsRead about salt and high blood pressure
A physically active new year
30 minutesRecommended minimum duration of moderate-intensity daily physical activity for adultsMyths about physical activity
Highlights from WHO
One in three adults is not doing enough physical activity to maintain good health. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and breast and colon cancers. In this new fact sheet, WHO recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity of moderate intensity such as walking, cycling, household chores or doing sport.
The WHO Representative Office in the Philippines launched its “Health at the Heart of Healing” advocacy campaign on social media and other avenues. The campaign aims to draw attention to, and generate support for, the numerous health issues that are still affecting communities as a result of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that ploughed through several Visayas provinces in early November 2013.
In addition to winter sports achievements, visitors to the Olympic Winter Games 2014 will be expecting innovative sport facilities, modernized transportation infrastructure and traditional hospitality in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast. But cigarette smokers may find something unexpectedly missing: somewhere to smoke. During the Olympic Games smoking will be forbidden in all Olympic and Paralympic venues, including all bars and restaurants in the Olympic park. No tobacco products will be sold at any of the Olympic sites.
New mortality estimates from WHO show that annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 78% from more than 562 000 in 2000 to 122 000 in 2012. During this time period, an estimated 13.8 million deaths have been prevented by measles vaccination. Despite the impressive gains made, progress towards measles elimination remains uneven with some populations still unprotected.