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Preparing for emergencies help save lives in the Pacific

25 September 2018 -Emergencies are nothing new for the Pacific. Disease outbreaks, natural disasters and the effects of climate change are impacting the everyday lives of Pacific islanders. Responding quickly and efficiently to the needs of communities during emergencies is extremely challenging in the Pacific, as remote communities are often accessible only by flight or travelling long distances by boat or on unsealed roads. These logistical challenges often delay and hamper the efforts of emergency responders to effectively support the needs of communities in crisis.

Federated States of Micronesia forges a way forward to health security in the Pacific

20 August 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia has become the first Pacific island country to complete a Joint External Evaluation (JEE).
JEEs are voluntary, and involve a team of local and international experts working together to evaluate the country’s preparedness for outbreaks and health emergencies. This includes a set of core capacities required under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) – a legally-binding international instrument signed by 196 countries across the globe, including the Federated States of Micronesia. The JEE process provides countries with recommendations on how to strengthen their national systems and address identified gaps, as part of an ongoing process of learning and improvement.

Micronesia achieves regional goal for reducing hepatitis B in children

SUVA, Fiji, 24 April 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has achieved a significant public health victory by reducing the prevalence of hepatitis B among children to less than 1 percent. FSM joins 18 of 36 other countries and areas in the WHO Western Pacific Region that have been verified by an independent panel as having met this goal by 2017.

Fostering healthy tourism in the Pacific

Nadi, Fiji, 26 March 2018: Tourism and health sector representatives from seven of the Pacific’s most-visited islands have initiated efforts to promote tobacco-free tourism that protects ecosystems as well as the health and cultures of Pacific islanders.

Representatives gathered for a workshop on tobacco-free tourism from 20 to 21 March. The World Health Organization (WHO) led the workshop as part of its far-reaching work to foster healthy settings to combat the noncommunicable disease epidemic across the Pacific.

Director of Pacific Technical Support/WHO Representative

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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

  • Protecting children from unhealthy foods and drinks
    December 2016 - 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.
  • Rehabilitation: Key to creating enabling environments
    December 2016 - 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.
  • MOH and partners discussed ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the health sector
    March 2016 - 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 announces a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
    February 2016 - 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.
  • Films showing smoking scenes should be rated
    February 2016 - 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".
  • Do your part to prevent hepatitis
    July 2015 - 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.

WHO's work in the South Pacific

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