WHO Representative in China statement on Zika virus

BEIJING, 10 February 2016 – The first case of Zika virus in mainland China has been confirmed. The case was confirmed and WHO was notified on 9 February. The patient is a 34 year-old man from Jiangxi province who had recently travelled to South America. He is currently being cared for in isolation in hospital in Ganzhou. His condition has significantly improved since he was admitted to hospital on February 6. With the volume of travel between China and South America, imported cases of Zika virus in China are to be expected.

Increase in preventable cancer cases ‘tragic’

BEIJING, 3 February 2016 – Last year, over 2.8 million people died of cancer in China – an average of 7,500 deaths per day. Cancer is among the leading causes of death in China. “The number of cases of cancer and cancer-related deaths every year in China is staggering. While the annual increase in these numbers is disappointing, but the real tragedy is that most of these cases are preventable,” said Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China.

WHO China statement on Zika Virus Disease and microcephaly

BEIJING, 2 February 2016 -- World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Margaret Chan yesterday declared that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. It is strongly suspected that Zika virus disease during pregnancy may cause microcephaly, though this is not yet scientifically proven.

WHO to convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

GENEVA, 28 January 2016 -- WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, will convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations. The Committee will meet on Monday 1 February in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Highlights from the country

  • 8 December 2015

    China produces world’s first vaccine against virus that causes Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

    The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) licensed the world’s first vaccine against enterovirus 71, a dangerous virus that can cause Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. This is a major breakthrough as there is currently no treatment for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease caused by enterovirus 71 (‘enterovirus 71 disease’) – which can cause serious illness and death in young children.

  • 19 November 2015

    October was the month when China celebrated two important dates meant to highlight its respect for the elderly—the traditional Chongyang Festival and the International Day of Older Persons. November and the months to come should be the time to remind society of responding better to China’s increasingly old population, and ensuring that ageing becomes a celebration for both old and young people.

  • 26 October 2015

    Millions of children and mothers’ lives saved in China since 1990

    Millions of children lives have been saved in China by expanding access to quality primary health care across the country over the last 20 years. The rate of mortality among China’s children under five dropped by 80 per cent from 79.2 per 1,000 in 1991 to 11.7 per 1,000 live births in 2014 and infant mortality dropped to 8.9 per 1,000 live births, a drop from more than 50.2 per 1,000 in 1991. Significant progress has been made in reducing the number of women dying during childbirth. In 2014, the maternal mortality rate was 21.7 per 100,000 which was 76 per cent lower than in 1990.

WHO work in China

China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2013-2015

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