Pacific health focus in Manila

THE World Health Organisation will be holding its next meeting for health ministers from Asia-Pacific in Manila from October 8 to 12 this year, an event at which the election of the next WHO regional director will take place.
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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Staff Reporter

This is the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, to set priorities and agree on actions to protect and promote the health of the region's nearly 1.9 billion people.
This year, members of the regional committee will vote for the next WHO regional director for the Western Pacific among four candidates, nominated by Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines. 
More information on this may be found at
WHO says other topics to be addressed at this year's session include neglected tropical diseases; rehabilitation; improving hospital planning and management; harnessing e-health for improved service delivery; and strengthening legal frameworks for health in the sustainable development goals.
The meeting will be attended by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO director-general); Dr Shin Young-soo (WHO regional director for the Western Pacific); and delegates from the region's 37 countries and areas, which includes Papua New Guinea.
The meeting will take place at the WHO regional office for the Western Pacific, United Nations Avenue in Manila.
For more information, contact Ruel Searrano at or Teena Deogracias-Neryhat
The 37 countries and areas of the WHO Western Pacific Region are: American Samoa (US), Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (France), Guam (US), Hong Kong SAR (China), Japan, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macao SAR (China), Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Nauru, New Caledonia (France), New Zealand, Niue, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (US), Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands (UK), Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, and Wallis and Futuna.



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