15 August 2015 - The Pacific health ministers first met in 1995 and adopted a vision for health in many Pacific island countries and areas. Over the last 20 years this Healthy Islands vision had guided work in the Pacific. This publication reviews progress towards achieving the vision and provides suggestions for further improvement.
4 August 2015 - World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need, and protects them from infections and diarrhoeal diseases.
16 July 2015 - Every few years, Pacific island countries and areas experience the effects of El Niño - a naturally occurring climatic event that brings about extreme weather changes in the region. El Niño can potentially severely impact climate and health. WHO is working with Pacific island countries and territories to prepare for the health impacts of El Niño.
7 July 2015 - According to the "WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015", launched today, not enough governments levy appropriate tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb the demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services.
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
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.
WHO supports Member States in its response to the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) within the Western Pacific Region
Since the emergence of the first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case in the Republic of Korea, the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region has been working closely with national authorities to support response efforts and prevent further spread of the virus.