29 September 2016 – Representatives from 13 Pacific islands countries shared their progress and identified actions to address barriers to tobacco control at a Workshop for Progressing Toward Tobacco Free Pacific from 28-29 September in Nadi, Fiji.
SUVA, 25 September 2016 – More than 220 000 people living in rural areas in Fiji rely on creeks and rivers to supply fresh water. Fiji’s Ministry of Health & Medical Services (MOHMS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are working together to improve capacities for water quality monitoring.
12 July 2016- An international tribunal has upheld the sovereign authority of states to protect health through tobacco control. The tribunal’s decision affirms that Parties to the WHO FCTC, which includes 14 Pacific islands, can confidently implement the Convention and its Guidelines to protect present and future generations from the devastating consequences of tobacco consumption.
12 July 2016 HONIARA, Solomon Islands – The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) recently launched the new Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) package at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in an effort to save mothers’ lives.
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
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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 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.
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".
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.
To pay for the new Sustainable Development Goal for health, WHO is urging countries to move towards universal health coverage and to scale up international investment in catalytic development funding. WHO urges the international community to strengthen cooperation with low- and lower-middle income countries to combine domestic and external funding so they provide the resources required.
In a commentary on “Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health” from the second Lancet Commission, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, highlights 3 recommendations where WHO will make direct contributions: financing for climate-resilient health systems; policy recommendations on energy systems that contribute to cleaner air; and monitoring and assessing progress.