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Multi-country Western Pacific Programme

The Multi-Country Western Pacific Programme (MWP) is a multi-year, regional grant supported through the Global Fund that encompasses both a HIV/TB programme and a malaria programme.

The HIV/TB programme aims to improve the coverage and quality of HIV/TB prevention, treatment and care in 11 participating Western Pacific countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). This includes: prevention programmes for key populations; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; prevention, treatment and care services for HIV, STI and TB; addressing TB/HIV coinfection and multi-drug resistant TB; removing legal barriers to access; and community systems strengthening.

Key results - TB

Case notification rate of 108 per 100,000 pop. for all forms of TB in 2017 (target 107)

Source: UNDP

84% treatment success rate in 2016

Source: UNDP

TB results by country

Key results - HIV

HIV prevalence and treatment rates

Source: UNDP

* Federated States of Micronesia

* UNDP's Multi-country Western Pacific Programme

83% of pregnant women knew their HIV status in 2017

Source: UNDP

75% of people living with HIV on ART in 2017 (target 68%)

Source: UNDP

Stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV

A new study has found that people living with HIV in the Pacific islands are experiencing stigma and discrimination, resulting in social exclusion and hindering access to basic social services including health care. The People Living with HIV Stigma Index Study, conducted by the Fiji Network of People Living with HIV (FJN+) with support from UNDP, provides valuable data on the real experiences of people living with HIV, and will inform programmes, interventions and policies to ensure more effective HIV responses in the region. Read more...

One of the most notable findings was the high levels of internal stigma that participants reported. Over 70 per cent of respondents reported feeling ashamed, guilty, blamed themselves or had low self-esteem in the previous 12 months and 22 per cent had felt suicidal. To address this, the study recommends providing wellness and psychosocial support to people living with HIV and their affected spouses, partners, families and children.

Visit the following page for the full report and recommendations

Key results - Malaria

The malaria programme aims to provide universal coverage of long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) throughout the island nation of Vanuatu. The US$2.6 million programme will provide replacement LLINs to all households and strengthen monitoring and supervision of the malaria programme. By December 2017, over 220,000 LLINs are to be distributed to households and schools. A core component of the programme is building health sector capacity to ensure long-term sustainability, including strengthening financial and risk management, procurement systems for health products, monitoring and evaluation, training and health governance mechanisms.

147,000 insecticide treated bed nets distributed

Source: UNDP

27.5 mortality rate for children under 5 (per 1,000 live births) in 2015

Source: World Health Organization

Reported confirmed cases of Malaria

Source: World Health Organization


A short film about the Malaria programme in Vanuatu. The action takes place in Torba Province during the life saving mosquito nets distribution campaign of Nov. 2016 and follows a group of health care workers of the Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

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Tackling TB in Tuvalu

With the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB on the horizon, patients and healthcare workers from Tuvalu, a remote Pacific island, explain how diagnosis and treatment is being scaled-up across the Pacific and reaching directly into people’s homes and communities.

Read the full story here