As in previous years, WHO’s work with its Member States in the Western Pacific Region is presented under three main headings: combating communicable diseases, building health communities and populations, and health sector development. A common theme linking these three interrelated areas is the progress being made by Member States and WHO to break the cycle of disease and poverty.
In the area of communicable disease control, for example, the report details significant progress in strengthening control and prevention of tuberculosis, a disease that primarily affects the poor.
Much of WHO’s health promotion work has a direct effect on levels of poverty. This year’s report covers collaboration with countries in such areas as making pregnancy and childbirth safer, protecting child health, and stemming the rising tide of noncommunicable diseases.
Stronger health sectors are essential if the health of poorer communities is to be protected. The report describes WHO’s support for health system reform, more rational drug use practices and stronger blood services, among others.
Further information on the work of WHO in the Western Pacific Region can be found by visiting the following website: http://www.wpro.who.int/
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