Regional Agenda on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Western Pacific. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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This Regional Action Agenda on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Western Pacific aims to guide Member States as they embark on SDG implementation. Much progress has already been achieved. Member States can rely on information systems, reporting and coordination arrangements, and policies and programmes that are already in place. Achieving the SDGs also involves significantly new ways of working that go beyond business as usual – and newer roles and capabilities for the health sector in working across government and stakeholders. The action agenda suggests practical actions to achieve the change in mindset that is needed.

 

Keywords: SDGs, resources, goals, health planning

 

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The Guardian of Public Health in the Western Pacific. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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The Regional Office for the Western Pacific is squarely focused on responding to the specific needs and challenges of countries in the Region. It facilitates the sharing of knowledge among countries and serves as a hub for collaborative work. It helps translate global health initiatives into regional action plans.

The Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, comprised of representatives from Member States, is WHO’s governing body in the Region. The Regional Committee meets every year to formulate policies, provide oversight for regional programmes, and consider, revise and endorse new initiatives.

 

Keywords: UHC, response, health system, policy development, agenda

 

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Antimicrobial Resistance in the Asia Pacific Region: A Development Agenda. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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This report provides in-depth technical discussions in areas that have direct implications to the containment of AMR as a development agenda. The report is organized in five chapters which served as the technical background documents for the Biregional Technical Consultation on AMR in Asia, 14-15 April 2016. More information from the meeting is available in the WHO Meeting Report: Biregional Technical Consultation on Antimicrobial Resistance in Asia. The meeting was the first time senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture across Asia came together to tackle AMR.

 

Keywords: drug resistance, microbial, infection control

 

 

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Advancing Health through Attention to Gender, Equity and Human Rights: Stories from the Western Pacific Region; 2017. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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One critical step towards doing this is to identify strategic entry points, based on lessons learnt from examples of success or promising practices. Accordingly, the Technical Working Group identified as one of its major activities in 2016 the development of a report illustrating such examples, through a reflective and interactive cross-divisional process. WHO staff at the Regional Office and in country offices were engaged in an internal reflection process to identify and develop examples. This report does not provide an exhaustive list of these examples and discussions, but rather represents snapshots across various health topics and programmes and across different functions of WHO in the Western Pacific Region.


Keywords: health, gender identity, human rights, health equity

 

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Viral Hepatitis Situation and Response in Kiribati 2015. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017).

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This report presents background information on Kiribati, its health-care system and the national epidemiology of hepatitis. It then details review findings and recommendations under each priority area of action of the Regional Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis in the Western Pacific 2016–2020: broad-based advocacy and awareness, evidence-based policy guiding comprehensive hepatitis action, data supporting the hepatitis response, stopping transmission, and an accessible and effective treatment cascade.

 

Keywords: co-infection, transmission, treatment cascade, policy

 

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Health Information Systems in the Pacific at a Glance 2016. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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The HIS Hub Rapid Assessment tool provided a regional picture of the gaps in HIS implementation. Through various plenary sessions and group work discussions during the PHIN meeting, a general consensus was reached regarding the common challenges that affect Pacific island countries in the implementation of HIS. These are: information technology infrastructure, HIS policy and legislation, human resources training and capacity-building, standards setting, geographic isolation, non-institutionalized data, data quality, data ownership and sharing, and data set coordination.


Keywords: resources, coordination, planning, policies, data

 

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Together on the Road to Universal Health Coverage: A Call to Action. WHO. (2017)

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Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is central to achieving better health and well-being for all people at all ages. It delivers disease prevention, health promotion, and treatment for communicable and noncommunicable diseases alike, while ensuring that individuals are not driven into poverty because of high costs.

UHC is not an end in itself: its goal is to improve the chances of every person attaining the highest level of health and well-being and contributing to socioeconomic and sustainable development. Attaining UHC is thus essential to every nation’s economic productivity, health security, social stability – and to every individual’s well-being, security, and productivity.

 


Keywords: UHC, data, health care, medicines

 

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The Philippines–WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2017–2022. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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This country cooperation strategy matches the uniqueness of the Philippines by defining a strategic agenda that addresses country-specific bottlenecks to health and development, leveraging the multiple resources for health in the Philippines. The strategy was shaped by a series of discussions with the Department of Health, other Government departments, development partners, civil society, academia and professional organizations.


Keywords: Philippines, MDG, SDG, UHC, HIV, TB, hepatitis, antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

 

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Lao People Democratic Republic–WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2017–2021. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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The CCS builds on achievements under the previous CCS 2012–2016. That CCS focused on supporting the Government to strengthen the health system, achieve the health related MDGs, prevent and control public health threats, and address health risk factors to reduce NCDs, mental illness and disabilities. Like the previous CCS, the 2017–2021 CCS has been developed through a consultative process led by the WHO country office and that included the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, the Ministry of Health and other development partners in the health sector.


Keywords: Lao PDR, MDG, SDG, UHC, HIV, TB

 

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Malaysia–WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2016–2020. WHO, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. (2017)

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When the previous Malaysia–WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2009–2013 was approaching expiration, a review was undertaken to determine whether its strategic priorities remained relevant in light of the new WHO Twelfth General Programme of Work 2014–2019 and the Tenth Malaysia Plan 2011–2015. The review determined that the strategic approach of the 2009–2013 CCS remained relevant. This enabled WHO and the Ministry of Health to agree to extend the period covered by that CCS to 2015, thereby aligning the next CCS period with Malaysia’s national development planning cycle (2016–2020).


Keywords: Malaysia, SDGs, HIV, health policy, strategy

 

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