Tobacco, betel nut and alcohol-free in the Solomon Islands

28 October 2014 (Honiara) - The National Referral Hospital and Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) compound in the Solomon Islands were declared tobacco, betel nut, and alcohol-free premises by MHMS. Tobacco, tobacco smoke, and betel nut contain chemicals that cause cancer; this ban is a step to reduce the rates of noncommunicable (non-infectious) diseases in Solomon Islands.

Kiribati’s tobacco free maneaba

6 October 2014 – As the centre of village life in Kiribati, maneaba, or meeting houses, are leading by example. Village elders have become champions for tobacco control by declaring their maneaba tobacco free areas to protect community health from the dangers of tobacco smoke. Gifting tobacco when visiting the maneaba is no longer the norm. Instead, visitors give the gift of health with tokens such as sports equipment.

World Heart Day 2014: Salt Reduction Saves Lives

26 September, 2014 - On World Heart Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls on countries to take action on reducing population salt intake to maximum 5 grams per person per day, the equivalent of about one teaspoon. Children should consume even less.

Prevent and control NCDs for healthy islands

Photo shows WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo (second from right) with (from left) UNDP Administrator Mrs Helen Clark, Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Mailelegaoi and Samoa Minister of Health Tuitama Leao Dr Talalelei Tuitama.

1 September 2014 - The Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) call on the international community to support SIDS by reducing trade in unhealthy products, encouraging healthy food and drink consumption, and ensuring the noncommunicable disease (NCD) goals and targets are central to the post-2015 development agenda. This is the Apia Challenge, an outcome of an NCD side event organized by Ministry of Health in Samoa with support from WHO, at the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States.

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  • Apia Communiqué
    From the Tenth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting, Apia Samoa, 2-4 July 2013

Highlights from WHO

  • October 2014

    WHO regional meeting opens in Manila to tackle health issues

    WHO’s Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, is holding its sixty-fifth session today in Manila from 13-17 October to review WHO's work over the past year and to discuss major health issues. The Regional Committee will also decide on measures the Organization will take to address the health and well-being of the Region's 1.8 billion people.

  • October 2014

    Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

    Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing almost half a million more cases than previously estimated. WHO’s “Global tuberculosis report 2014” shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive.

  • September 2014

    Protecting children from the harmful effects of food and drink marketing

    Food and drink marketing is increasingly sophisticated, and children are among its prime targets. Food advertising and other forms of marketing influence children’s food preferences, purchasing behaviour and overall dietary behaviour. This feature story from the UK highlights how marketing restrictions have had a significant impact.

  • September 2014

    Child mortality rates falling faster than ever

    New data released show that under 5 mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. But overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under 5 mortality by 2015.

WHO's work in the South Pacific

2013 Pacific year in review

Major stories from the Pacific in 2013

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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