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Tuesday 16 February 2021

New York, USA
New York Times reporting: The World Health Organization on Monday authorized the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, clearing a path for the cheap and easy-to-store shots to be distributed in lower- and middle-income countries around the world.
Friday 12 February 2021

Suva, Fiji
We know many people are asking when vaccines will be available in Pacific countries. We anticipate that in 2021, demand will vastly exceed supply. But this doesn’t mean we should just sit and wait. PICs now need to focus on preparing, so they are ready when the first vaccines do arrive. This includes starting pre-registration for priority groups. It means making sure the systems are in place and working, for delivering vaccines and monitoring their safety and effectiveness. This requires investments to strengthen health systems, which will bring benefits beyond COVID-19. By Dr Takeshi Kasai.
Thursday 11 February 2021

Geneva, Switzerland
An equitable supply of vaccines is missing. Of the 128 million vaccine doses administered so far, more than three quarters of those vaccinations are in just 10 countries that account for 60 per cent of global GDP, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, said in a joint statement yesterday. “As of today, almost 130 countries, with 2.5 billion people, are yet to administer a single dose.”
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Wednesday 9 December 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
A new one-year global campaign was launched today by the World Health Organisation to support at least 100 million people as they try to give up tobacco through communities of quitters.
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Tuesday 1 December 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
Last week saw the first decline in newly-reported cases globally since September, said World Health Organisation Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on 30 November, while warning that gains can easily be lost. He cautioned holiday makers that being with family and friends “is not worth putting them or yourself at risk”.
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Thursday 10 September 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
The World Health Organization is urging countries to eliminate industrially produced trans-fat (TFA), from the global food supply by 2023, due to its link to heart disease and death. In Tonga, 1.71 % of coronary heart disease deaths is due to trans-fat intake. Trans-fats raise our bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Examples of foods that may contain trans-fat include doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes.
Wednesday 26 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has provided an Expression of Interest to join COVAX to access CoViD-19 vaccines confirmed the Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola. It will give early access to vaccinations for the most vulnerable people in member countries populations.
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Thursday 23 July 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
A new song featuring the Tongan Nurses Choir and other singing nurses from around the world, was released by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) on 22 July, with the hope that it will become the anthem for nurses globally.
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Wednesday 22 July 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, a few countries cornered the vaccine market, leaving the vast majority of the global population with no vaccine at all until the outbreak was effectively over. This scenario must be avoided at all costs during the current crisis – and, thanks to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, it can be. By Seth Berkley, Richard Hatchett, and Soumya Swaminathan.
Thursday 21 May 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
Dressed in a Tongan designed shirt, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus dedicated his closing speech of the 73rd World Health Assembly in Switzerland on 19 May, to a Tongan nurses choir, who were supposed to perform at the conference but were unable to travel due to coronavirus restrictions.
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Thursday 12 March 2020

Geneva, Switzerland
COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March, due to the rising number of confirmed people with COVID-19 around the world and the increase in deaths.
Monday 9 March 2020

New York, USA
Like climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of why we need multilateralism in a globalized world. Rather than resorting to thinly veiled racism and isolationist policies, global leaders – particularly the United States – should have started organizing a collective response weeks ago. China’s experience with the virus in January and February is likely to be repeated in much of the rest of the world in March and April. We should be preparing intelligently...not succumbing to irrational panic. By Kevin Rudd.
Thursday 5 March 2020

Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is jointly funding the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Pacific regional coronavirus response plan, in partnership with Australia, in response to requests for assistance from Pacific island countries, and providing $1 million to the WHO in Suva to support their Pacific Action Plan for COVID-19 preparedness and response.
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Friday 31 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Due to the outbreak and fast spreading of the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has declared it a global health emergency, on January 30. The death toll has now risen over 200 in China.
Wednesday 12 June 2019

Manila, Philippines
Several Asian countries are experiencing unusually high numbers of dengue cases for this time of year. With the rainy season approaching, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for action to minimize illness and deaths from dengue.
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Monday 24 September 2018

Geneva, Switzerland
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York, global heads of state are meeting on September 26-27 to highlight two major health threats. On the first day, they will discuss strategies to end tuberculosis (TB), an ancient bacterium that remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease. On the second day, world leaders will discuss plans to beat leading NCDs such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and lung disease. Combined, NCDs are responsible for seven out of every ten deaths globally. By Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Friday 2 February 2018

Tarawa, Kiribati
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working with the Government of Kiribati to support children, families and communities affected by the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. 88 Kiribati passengers, including 23 children were on the 17m catamaran ferry that broke apart and sank two weeks ago
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Monday 31 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has finally eliminated lymphatic filariasis (kulokula fua), after more than three centuries, validated by the WHO. This is a health problem that caused the swelling of one's limbs, scrotum and breast.
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Wednesday 18 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Health problems in the Pacific Islands today stem from poor government leadership, poor education, and not taking care of our environment, says Sione Tu'itahi who attended the World Health Organisation’s 9th Global conference that was held in Shanghai, China for 2016.
Tuesday 15 November 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Use antibiotics responsibly" is the theme of a World Antibiotics Awareness Week launched in Nuku’alofa on Monday, November 14 to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. Tonga's doctors pointed out that misuse of antibiotics is not only dangerous but also costly and urged Tongans to adopt better hygiene to help fight the spread of infectious diseases.
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