Western Pacific - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Western Pacific


Lifestyle diseases 'rapidly rising' in Western Pacific region – WHO

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, or cardiovascular diseases, have contributed to about 80% of deaths in the region, says WHO Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo

Duterte special envoy short-listed for top WHO post

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Dr Susan Mercado is among 4 nominees vying for the position of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Director

SHORTLIST. Dr Susan Mercado makes the shortlist for a top position in the World Health Organization. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

WHO lauds PH health chief for 'strong' tobacco control advocacy

May 30, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial is one of the 6 from the Western Pacific Region who received the 2017 World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award

UNITARY TAXATION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial opposes House Bill 4144 which proposes a two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes. Rappler screenshot

1 in 12 students in Western Pacific uses tobacco – survey

Jun 29, 2016 - 2:10 PM

The latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey also shows more than 4 2 million students in 22 countries in the region are cigarette smokers

In Baguio, remembering the Japanese forces' World War II surrender

Sep 05, 2015 - 2:49 PM

The US embassy commemorates in the Ambassador s Residence in Camp John Hay the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japanese forces during World War II

COMMEMORATION. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg is flanked by two World war II veterans Graciano Clavano (left) and Sabas Hafalla during the commemoration the 70th anniversary of the surrender of the Japanese forces in the country – in the same room where this photo is taken in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH's 'Unang Yakap' can save babies in Western Pacific

Mar 05, 2015 - 5:53 PM

WHO says immediate skin to skin contact between a newborn and mother – a concept born in Manila – is beneficial during the first critical hours after birth

UNANG YAKAP. Filipino mothers breastfeed their newly born babies during the 'First Embrace' campaign for Early Essential Newborn Care of the World Health Organization (WHO) inside Fabella government maternity hospital in Manila, Philippines, March 4, 2015. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

WHO: Rabies control in Visayas improved

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Investment in dog vaccination is the more cost effective way to control and eliminate rabies says the World Health Organization

VACCINATE DOGS. In this file photo, a Filipino holds her pet as the dog receives free vaccination shots in Makati City, Philippines. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

PH among nations with highest dengue incidence in W. Pacific

Feb 19, 2015 - 5:50 PM

Globally the World Health Organization says the needed investment target to sustain vector control is an average of 510 million per year from 2015 to 2030

'Liver cancer could kill 40 Filipinos a day by 2030'

Feb 04, 2014 - 8:13 PM

One of the deadliest cancers in the world is actually preventable