World Cancer Day: The FSM declares “We can, I can prevent cancer”

04 February 2016 – The Federated States of Micronesia celebrated the “We can, I can prevent cancer” theme of this year’s World Cancer Day across all four states. Increasing detected rates of cancer has heightened community awareness. Stakeholders in the FSM are taking action to support prevention of cancer by creating healthy environments and improving access to screening and treatment.

Fiji Launch Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)

December 17, 2015 – Fiji achieved the milestone of introducing IPV on 17 December 2015 in the routine immunization programme. The introduction of IPVis part of Fiji’s efforts towards completing polio eradication and elimination of all polio disease globally.

Fiji Launches National Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan

18 November 2015 – Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services today launched their three-year National Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan.

Fa'a Samoa – island families come together to combat NCDs

13 October, 2015 - In a creative new initiative to improve health and save lives in villages across Samoa, women's groups are mobilizing their communities to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Led by the Ministry of Health and the National Health Service, the WHO’s Package of Essential NCD interventions (PEN) has been adapted to reflect local culture and customs and rolled out over the last year in demonstration projects across the country.

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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

  • 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.

  • 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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