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.
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.
22 August 2014 - Pupils at Khemendra Primary School in Fiji don’t just learn about healthy food, they help to grow their own. Each class is responsible for cultivating fruit and vegetables in the school garden and greenhouse. It is one of more than 84 schools participating in a national network, which receives resources from the Fijian Ministry of Health and WHO. Addressing the link between food supply and public health policies will be one of the topics at the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November.
5 August 2014 - “Let us create a healthy, NCD free, Fiji – it can be done and legislation has a huge role to play in its achievement”. These were part of the opening remarks of the Fiji President, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at the inaugural workshop on Noncommunicable disease (NCD) and law.
Human Resources for Health (HRH) profiles completed in seven Pacific Island Countries and Areas
Highlights from WHO
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.
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.
The report recommends that appropriate government bodies restrict e-cigarette advertising and that steps be taken to end use of e-cigarettes indoors in public and work places.
Cases of measles in Solomon Islands continue to rise with over 200 reported, the majority of which are in Honiara. Parents need to act quickly and vaccinate their children aged 6 months to 4 years and 11 months against this potentially deadly disease, warns The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.