This report covers a challenging 12 months for WHO’s Western Pacific Region. During the period there were serious outbreaks of a previously unknown disease, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), in several Member States.
The report describes WHO’s response to the outbreak, as well as its work to combat other communicable diseases in the Region. Significant progress was made in redefining priorities for the Expanded Programme on Immunization, extending the WHO approved strategy for curing tuberculosis, and stabilizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
There were steady advances in WHO’s work to build healthy communities and populations in the Region. The WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control was adopted. Greater emphasis was given to health promotion and the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness strategy was extended.
The SARS outbreak highlighted the critical importance of WHO’s work to strengthen health systems. The report details new initiatives to improve access to safe and affordable medicines, strengthen training of health workers and implement national health accounts, among others.
More details of WHO’s work in the Western Pacific Region can be found at: http://www.wpro.who.int/
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