Pacific labs prepared to safely ship specimens

26 February 2015 - Laboratory services are part of every phase of alert and response, including detection, investigation and response. In order to assure the reliable and timely laboratory identification of infectious agents and other hazards - including Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) - countries need to be able to safely ship specimens to the appropriate laboratories for analysis.

Getting everyone in the picture by 2024

16 February 2015 - Countries need to know how many people are born and die each year – and the main causes of their deaths - to develop well-functioning health systems as well as to design effective public health policies and measure their impact. This feature story describes progress in the Pacific towards establishing robust civil registration and vital statistics systems.

Cook Islands – Small island state with big actions for NCDs

19 January 2015 - While the Cook Island’s population is fewer than 15 000, it has still managed to make significant strides in expanding actions to control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) aligned with WHO’s global action plan. For example, they raised tobacco taxes for the past three consecutive years. A new status report provides a baseline for the Cook Islands and other Pacific countries to measure success implementing NCD targets.

2014: Pacific year in review

2 January 2015 – The Pacific responded to a number of challenges in 2014, from outbreaks of vector-borne diseases to strengthening capacity to respond to public health threats such as Ebola. At the same time, work to combat the NCD crisis accelerated, through, for example, the launch of the Tobacco Free Pacific initiative and salt reduction activities. The Pacific voice was heard on the global stage at the World Health Assembly and the 3rd International Conference on Small Islands Developing States.

Highlights from WHO

  • February 2015

    A decade working towards a world free from tobacco-related harms

    As the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) marks a decade of saving lives, WHO in the Western Pacific Region is urging governments and policy-makers to continue efforts to protect all people from tobacco-related harms.

  • February 2015

    WHO calls for worldwide use of "smart" syringes

    Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus and up to 315 000 with hepatitis C virus through an unsafe injection. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all health-care programmes switched to syringes that can only be used once.

  • February 2015

    WHO urges increased investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases

    Neglected tropical diseases cause blindness, disfigurement, permanent disability and death, particularly among the poor. WHO’s new report, "Investing to overcome the impact of neglected tropical diseases", outlines an investment case and essential package of interventions for these diseases.

  • February 2015

    Strengthening support to Member States: when one size does not fit all

    A major focus of WHO's global reform is to ensure that countries remain at the centre of our work, through strengthened technical and policy support. Supporting WHO’s smallest Member States is just as important as supporting our larger Member States, but the way we go about that support is different. A new model for supporting small countries in the Pacific, such as Nauru, is showing how that can be accomplished.

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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