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Fiji takes ‘small steps for big effects’ with the launch of its national Measles-Rubella Supplementary Immunization Activity

Today Fiji takes one step closer to eliminating measles and rubella through the launch of a national Measles-Rubella Supplementary Immunization Activity.

From 8-30 September 2017, the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, with support from the WHO and UNICEF, will be providing free-of-charge life-saving measles-rubella vaccines to Fijian children.

Pacific health ministers gather to address islands’ key health challenges, solutions

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, 29 August 2017 – Health ministers from 20 Pacific island countries and areas convened yesterday in the Cook Islands for the 12th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting. The biennial gathering seeks to reaffirm the importance of the Healthy Islands vision in promoting and protecting the health of the Pacific islands people.

New WHO report: Effective tobacco controls protect more than 60% of world’s population

20 July, 2017- Suva, Fiji- Six in 10 people worldwide are protected by a range of best practice tobacco control measures – quadruple that of a decade ago – but tobacco industry interference continues to hamper government efforts to fully implement life- and cost-saving tobacco control interventions, according to the new WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

World No Tobacco Day celebration 2017

This year’s World No Tobacco day celebration marked a significant milestone with the declaration of Matainasau Village’s tobacco-free community hall by the Assistant Minister of Health, Hon. Alex O’Connor.

Fiji’s non-communicable disease (NCDs) 2011 STEPS survey revealed the highest numbers of current smokers are younger adults between the ages of 25 to 34 years,” noted Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Alex O’Connor during the World No Tobacco Day celebration at Matainasau Village, Muaira Tikina in Naitasiri, Fiji on 31 May 2017.

Director of Pacific Technical Support/WHO Representative

WHO Healthy Islands Recognition 2017

Call for application

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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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