Pacific islands continue to progress towards Tobacco Free Pacific 2025

Representatives from Fiji and Cook Islands sharing experiences. Photo - WHO DPS

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.

Safe drinking water for rural communities in Fiji

Staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, WHO and UNICEF with newly purchased Potalab and Potatest water testing kits in September 2016

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.

International tribunal upholds states’ rights to protect health through tobacco control

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.

Saving mothers’ lives

Staff and facilitators role playing as part of the new EmOC training at the National Referral Hospital, July 2015. Photo courtesy of Anna Smyrk, WHO.

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.

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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

  • March 2016

    WHO support Fiji in response to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

    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.

  • February 2016

    WHO announces a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

    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.

  • February 2016

    Films showing smoking scenes should be rated

    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".

  • July 2015

    Do your part to prevent hepatitis

    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.

  • July 2015

    WHO lays out plans for financing new global health goal

    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.

  • June 2015

    Achieving a cleaner, more sustainable and healthier future

    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.

WHO's work in the South Pacific

2014 Pacific year in review

Major stories from the Pacific in 2014

Working with Pacific partners

Collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

WHO Multi-Country Cooperation Strategy for the Pacific 2013–2017 (MCCS)

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