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TB cases to rise if TB-HIV collaborative efforts are not scaled up, WHO warns

NOUMEA, New Caledonia—Despite significant progress towards controlling tuberculosis in the Western Pacific Region, mortality due to TB could rise significantly if the deadly connection between TB and ...
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WHO Member States take action in the fight against tobacco use

Noumea, New Caledonia—The fight to protect global health has reached new levels as many countries around the world begin implementing more vigorously tobacco-control strategies as provided for in the ...
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One million people die yearly from environmental risks in the Western Pacific

Noumea, New Caledonia—One million people in the Western Pacific Region* die each year from environmental health risks, and the World Health Organization predicts a worsening scenario if effective meas ...
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WHO calls for intensified actions to reduce high infant and under-five mortality

Noumea, New Caledonia—Some 3 000 children in the Western Pacific Region under five years of age will continue to die every day—mostly from common neonatal conditions, pneumonia and diarrhoea—unless th ...
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WHO Regional EPI targets: eliminate measles and control hepatitis B by 2012

NOUMEA, New Caledonia—Countries in the Western Pacific Region have identified 2012 as the target year to eliminate measles and control hepatitis B. This will help to avert almost 30 000 measles-relate ...
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WHO takes key steps to combat emerging diseases

Noumea, New Caledonia—The World Health Organization's Regional Committee for the Western Pacific today endorsed the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, which is designed to reduce the risk of ...
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Act now to address threat from noncommunicable diseases, WHO is urged

NOUMEA, New Caledonia—Countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region and international agencies need to scale up their response to the growing threat posed by noncommunicable diseases if health ser ...
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WHO Regional Director highlights the rise in new emerging diseases

NOUMEA, New Caledonia—Dr Shigeru Omi, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, today called for an all-out war on avian influenza and warned of the threat of new emerging diseases. "While we st ...
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