The first 20 years of the journey towards the vision of Healthy Islands in the Pacific

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.

Breastfeeding provides the best start for babies

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.

El Niño and health in the Pacific

FEMA/A. Santiago

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.

Government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

World No Tobacco Day 2014

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.

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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

  • 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.

  • May/June 2015

    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.

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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