Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO
1 February 2017
On 1 February 2016, I declared that the Zika outbreak sweeping through the Americas was a public health emergency of international concern. That was not an easy call. But looking back, it was the right one.
09 January 2017- Tobacco control policies are not harmful to the economy and have untapped potential for protecting and promoting growth and development, according to a report jointly released last month by the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America and WHO.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.