World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific

World Health Day

World Health Day 2009: Calendar of Activities


This year people from all over the world will celebrate World Health Day and its theme of making hospitals safe from disaster. There is a growing consciousness regarding the importance of investing in well-built health infrastructure that is able to withstand disasters and remain operational to serve people in immediate need. Activities to be held on and beyond the day itself hopes to raise awareness about this important issue and to effect changes that will ensure that health facilities and services are able to function in the aftermath of emergencies and disasters, thus protecting the lives of patients and serving the affected population while keeping its health workers safe.

Events around the world will center on advocacies for safe and proper infrastructure, ultimately leading to saving more lives through better health facilities and effective emergency preparedness and response.

View the activities of your country and of others around the region and see how you can participate in the celebration!

Global Launch


China

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

Ditan Hospital,
Beijing

  • Hospital tour
  • Tree planting ceremony
  • Launching ceremony chaired by the WPRO Regional Director
  • Messages of the Director General, China Minister of Health, WHO Ambassador of Goodwill

Ministry of Health
Minister Chen Zhu
Vice-Mayor Ding
Xiangyang
World Health
Organization
Dr. Margaret Chan
Dr. Shin Young-
soo
Mr Jet Li
International
Community



Regional Celebration


Regional Office for the
Western Pacific

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
1145am

Conference Hall
Regional Office for
the Western Pacific,
Manila

  • Message from the Vice-Chair of Staff Association
    • Mr Danilo Luzentales
  • Message from OIC, WPRO
    • Dr. Henk Bekedam
  • Video presentation of the public service announcement
    • Headquarters
    • WPRO
  • Traditional potluck lunch

World Health
Organization
Regional Office for
the Western
Pacific



Country Celebrations


American Samoa

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

    • Message from the Director of Health
    • Ceremony
  • Hospital tour

Department of Health

Other government
agencies

NGOs



Brunei Darussalam

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

  • National Workshop on Safe Hospitals
    • Guest: Dr Carmencita Banatin

Ministry of Health

World Health
Organization



Cambodia

Activities

Participants

8 April 2009
Morning

  • Ceremony for World Health Day
  • Panel discussion on developing a national building code for health facilities in Cambodia

Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Media partners

Other government
departments

Faculty of Engineering,
Architecture and Medicine



Cook Islands

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

    • Message from the Director of Health
    • Ceremony
    • Hospital tour

Ministry of Health

Other government
agencies

NGOs



Fiji

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

CWM Hospital
Auditorium

  • Message from WHO Representative and the Minister for Health
  • Presentation on Safe Health Facilities; MOH facilities audit
  • Mock exercise (accident)
  • Launching of Task Force

Fiji Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Other government
departments

NGOs



Lao PDR

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009

9 April 2009
Morning

Mahosot Hospital

  • Commencement of TV video presentation, radio spots, and posting of banners.
  • Advocacy programme with messages of the Minister of Health and WHO Representative





Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Hospital staff



Malaysia

Activities

Participants

28 April 2009






  • Public forum
  • Speech by the Honorable Minister of Health
  • Health screening for the public
  • Exhibition by the Ministry of Health and other agencies related to crisis preparedness and disaster management
  • Simulation exercise on "Response During Crisis" by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
  • Public forums, health talks, exhibitions and training courses on crisis preparedness for health and medical staff will also be conducted by the State Health Departments and health facilities

Ministry of Health

World Health
Organization

Iskandar Regional

Development Authority
(IRDA)

Other government
agencies



Mongolia

Activities

Participants

3-7 April 2009
Morning






  • Message from WHO Representative and the Minister of Health
  • Press conference
  • Inter-sectoral workshop on "Save lives. Making hospitals safe in emergencies"
  • Advocacy and awareness-raising activities




Ministry of Health
National Disaster
Management Agency
Ministry of Road,
Transport, Construction
and Urban Development
Capital City Inspection
Agency
Department of Health
Hospitals
Ministry of Health,
Department of Health
World Health Organization



Niue

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

    • Message from the Director of Health
    • Ceremony
    • Hospital tour

Department of Health

Other government
agencies

NGOs



Papua New Guinea

Activities

Participants

8 April 2009
Morning

Porty Moresby
General Hospital

      • Messages from the Secretary of Health and WHO Representative
    • Technical presentation by Dr. Victor Golpak

Ministry of Health

World Health
Organization

Media



Philippines

Activities

Participants

14 April 2009
Morning

Traders Hotel,
Manila

  • Advocacy programme
  • Messages from the Secretary of Health, WHO Representative and EU Ambassador
  • Press conference
  • Hospital assessment project
  • Video presentation: public service announcement
  • Launching of the Safe Hospitals in Emergencies and Disasters: Philippine Indicators, 2nd edition

Ministry of Health

World Health
Organization

European Commission

Academic institutions

Government and private
hospitals



Samoa

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

      • Message from the Minister of Health and WHO Representative
      • Ceremony
      • Hospital tour

Department of Health

World Health
Organization

UN agencies

Other goverment agencies

NGOs



Tokelau

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

        • Message from the Director of Health
        • Ceremony
        • Hospital tour

Department of Health

Other government
agencies

NGOs



Tonga

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

Tonga Medical
Association Building

  • Seminar with concerned ministries and stakeholders
    • Government Construction Procedure
    • Ring of Fire
    • Emergency Health Plan
    • New Hospital Construction
  • Hospital evacuation drill
  • Mini-Workshop to launch the Surgical Safety Checklist
  • Media release

Ministry of Health

World Health
Organization

Ministry of Works

Ministry of Land and
Survey

Japanese International
Cooperation Agency



Tuvalu

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

Live transmission on
Radio Tuvalu

  • World Health Day Official Speech by the Permanent Secretary of Health
  • "Health Facilities in Tuvalu; Gaps and Opportunities; and What needs to be done?" by Dr Stephen Homasi
  • Safe Hospitals by Vine Sosene, Health Promotions Officer
  • Economic Implications by Tekafa Neemia, RH Programme Officer
  • Tuvalu Red Cross Response to Disaster by Mr Tataua Pese
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment by Natano Elisala, Pharmacist
  • Panel Discussion: Case Studies
  • Disease Outbreak and How to Respond (Tuvalu Outbreak Manual) and TB and Emerging Disease with Challenges by Dr Nese Conway
  • Wrap-up by Dr Stephen Homasi

Ministry of Health

Radio Tuvalu



Viet Nam

Activities

Participants

7 April 2009
Morning

Ha Noi Medical
University, Ha Noi

  • Messages of the Minister of Health and WHO Representative
  • Press conference
  • Talk show
  • Short DVD on hospitals safe from disasters
  • Cultural presentation by medical students

Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Relevant ministries

UN agencies, INGOs

*The Regional Office for Western Pacific is awaiting final listing of World Health Day activities from other Member States.

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