19 May 2015– Minister for Health and Medical Services of Fiji, the Honourable Mr Usamate addressed the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly. Speaking on behalf of the Pacific Member States, the Minister highlighted the healthy islands vision as the unifying theme for the Pacific and underscored noncommunicable diseases as a major challenges to be addressed to achieve the vision. He also called on countries to take action on climate change as a matter of urgency.
1 May 2015 - A mass immunization campaign to protect children from measles in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam was successfully completed by the Ministry of Health, Vanuatu with the support of the Government of Australia, Save the Children, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and World Vision.
15 April 2015 - The Eleventh Pacific Health Ministers meeting commenced in Yanuca Island, Fiji, today. The Pacific Ministers will review progress over the last 20 years in health and chart the course for the years to come. The first Pacific Health Ministers meeting in 1995 was also held in Yanuca Island, where ministers created a unifying Healthy Islands vision for Pacific island countries and areas.
15 April 2015 - Working with the Ministry of Health of Vanuatu and other partners, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made significant progress in addressing the health needs of the more than 160 000 people affected by Cyclone Pam. However, a month after the Category 5 storm ravaged the Pacific island country, many pressing health challenges remain.
Highlights from WHO
A new WHO report highlights the need for governments to take active measures to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics. WHO, countries and partners have developed a draft Global Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance to be reviewed by the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015.
World Malaria Day 2015 is commemorated on 25 April each year. The theme this year is “Invest in the future, defeat malaria". WHO in the Western Pacific Region is urging Member States to consolidate recent gains against malaria and accelerate efforts towards a malaria-free Region.
Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24 -30 April), WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.
While the fight to reverse the spread of tuberculosis (TB) is gaining momentum, too many people are still affected by this disease. In 2013, 9 million people contracted TB and 1.5 million died from the disease. On World TB Day (24 March 2015), WHO calls for new actions and commitments in the global fight against TB.