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WHO secures accord on better access to essential medicines for the poor

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Member States in the Western Pacific Region* today endorsed steps to ensure the poor are given better access to affordable drugs.
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WHO: urgent action is required to meet 2005 case detection target

"Countries must accelerate their efforts now if the Western Pacific Region* is to reach the target of a 70% case detection rate by the end of 2005. This is a very important milestone. It is the first ...
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More people in the prime of life will die of liver-related diseases

Liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and other diseases related to hepatitis B infection will continue to kill people in the prime of life and burden health systems with chronically sick people unless ...
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WHO: protect the public from contaminated blood

Urgent measures need to be taken to protect the public from contaminated blood transfusions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today.
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WHO: improve capacity to respond quickly to food contamination

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to improve their capacity to respond to emergencies posed by natural, accidental and intentional contamination of food.
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WHO urges Member States to act now to avoid a major HIV/AIDS epidemic

Dr Shigeru Omi, World Health Organization Regional Director for the Western Pacific, has warned of the danger of HIV "bridging" into the general population from infected individuals with high-risk beh ...
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WHO Member States gear up for comprehensive tobacco interventions

Government commitment to tobacco control in the Western Pacific Region* faces a crucial test next year with the proposed implementation of more stringent and comprehensive tobacco-free intervention me ...
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WHO warns governments to prepare for SARS and bird flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to put in place preventive measures and enhance preparedness ready for the possible re-emergence of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and ...
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Report Of Dr Shigeru Omi, Regional Director for the WHO Western Pacific Region

Last year I began my statement by reviewing one of the most dramatic and frightening public health events to have hit the Western Pacific Region in recent decades: the 2003 SARS outbreak. This year an ...
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WHO warns of a possible emergence of a new disease from animals

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that another new threat to global health, originating in animals and passed on to humans, is likely to emerge in the future.
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Address by Dr Lee Jong-Wook, WHO Director-General

Mr Chairman, Honourable Ministers, Distinguished Representatives, Colleagues, A little over a year ago, in May 2003, some newspapers were saying that Shanghai might "shut down" because of the danger ...
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