SIGATOKA, FIJI, 15 APRIL 2016 - What seemed like a routine visit to the maternal and child clinic for some 25 pregnant women quickly turned into an informative session on Zika virus. As soon as leaflets arrived at the Sigatoka hospital on Friday morning, nurses wasted no time in picking up copies and explaining the importance of prevention of the Zika virus to the group.
SUVA, 14 April – The widespread destruction left by Tropical Cyclone Winston is evident in Fiji, but less visible is the psychological and emotional trauma inflicted by the category 5 storm that swept the country nearly two months ago.
This 7th of April, the WHO calls on all health care providers, partners, advocates and most importantly families to come together on the front lines against diabetes for World Health Day 2016. The global prevalence of diabetes has been steadily increasing in the past few decades. In the Western Pacific Region alone, is estimated that 131 million people (8.4% prevalence) were living with diabetes in 2014.
SUVA, 5 APRIL – Supported by WHO and many international and national partners, the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) has made significant progress addressing Cyclone Winston’s health impact on the estimated 350 000 people affected by the disaster. But six weeks after the powerful storm swept across Fiji, health responders continue to face challenges.
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
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.