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Federated States of Micronesia

Capital

Palikir

Official Languages

English

Area

702 km2

Population

104,600

Currency

United States Dollar

Health overview

NCDs such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers are major health problems. The overconsumption of imported packaged food, lack of physical activity and use of tobacco products are contributing to the high prevalence of NCDs and obesity in the country. TB has a high prevalence, as does leprosy-the latter being among the highest in the Pacific.

Health infrastructure

The Department of Health Services in each state provides medical and public health services through a hospital, community health centres and dispensaries. Currently, there is a public hospital located in each of the FSM’s four states. Access to and provision of quality health services greatly depend on governance and management of the Division of Health. Transportation difficulties between islands often prevent outer island residents from accessing hospital services.
There are six private health clinics in the country and one private hospital.

Health workforce

WHO

In May 1953, the Federated States of Micronesia was assigned to the Western Pacific Region in the Sixth World Health Assembly "without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty" as an area. It joined WHO on 14 August 1991 as a Member State. Prior to joining WHO, it was a member of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands dominated by the United States of America until the Office of the High Commissioner determined to end its association on 10 July 1987. All functions were transferred to individual governments including the Federated States of Micronesia.
The Federated States of Micronesia was previously covered by the WHO Representative Office in Singapore. From 1959, it was covered by the WHO Representative Office in Taipei, China (Taiwan) until 30 June 1972 when the Representative Office was closed. The responsibility for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was transferred to the Regional Office in 1972, and it was decided that the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was to come under the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji in 1976. In August 2010, the Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region, Dr Shin Young-soo, approved the establishment of the new WHO Country Liaison Office in the Federated States of Micronesia covering the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

Geography and demographics

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a Pacific Island nation made up of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. It comprises over 600 islands and atolls and half of its population lives in Chuuk.
The country is a constitutional federation of four states. Congress elects the president from among the four at-large senators representing each of the states. The Federated States of Micronesia is in free association with the United States of America. Major economic activities include tourism, construction and fish processing.

Politics

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a Pacific Island nation made up of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. Together, they make up approximately 607 islands, with a total land area of some 702 km2. It has a total population of around 103,000 people, the majority of which lives in Chuuk. Its capital, Palikir, is located on the island of Pohnpei. The official language is English.

Economy

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a Pacific Island nation made up of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. Together, they make up approximately 607 islands, with a total land area of some 702 km2. It has a total population of around 103,000 people, the majority of which lives in Chuuk. Its capital, Palikir, is located on the island of Pohnpei. The official language is English.

Tourism

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a Pacific Island nation made up of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. Together, they make up approximately 607 islands, with a total land area of some 702 km2. It has a total population of around 103,000 people, the majority of which lives in Chuuk. Its capital, Palikir, is located on the island of Pohnpei. The official language is English.

Resources

WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2018-2022: Federated States of Micronesia
http://iris.wpro.who.int/handle/10665.1/13947

Federated States of Micronesia’s Strategic Development Plan (2004-2023)
https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/linked-documents/cobp-fsm-2015-2017-sd-02.pdf

Federated States of Micronesia country profile (CHIPS 2015-2016)
http://hiip.wpro.who.int/portal/portals/0/CountryProfiles/PDF/FSM_FSMicronesia2015.pdf

UHC and SDG Country Profile 2018 Federated States of Micronesia
http://iris.wpro.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665.1/14051/WPR-2018-DHS-012-fsm-eng.pdf

Health Profiles – Micronesia, Federated States of, Health Financing
http://hiip.wpro.who.int/portal/Countryprofiles/MicronesiaFederatedStatesof/HealthProfiles/TabId/187/ArtMID/987/ArticleID/70/Default

National immunization data – EPI summaries by country

http://www.wpro.who.int/immunization/documents/epi_country_poster_2014_mic.pdf

health Profiles – Micronesia, Federated States of, Health Financing

http://hiip.wpro.who.int/portal/Countryprofiles/MicronesiaFederatedStatesof/HealthProfiles/TabId/187/ArtMID/987/ArticleID/70/Default

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