BEIJING, 27 July 2015 - Dr Zhang*, a village doctor in Henan province in central China, knows first-hand how destructive hepatitis can be. His father died of liver cancer, most likely caused by undiagnosed hepatitis. Dr Zhang himself was born before hepatitis B vaccination was widely available and was not immunized against hepatitis B – either at birth or as a child. He went on to develop a serious hepatitis B-related illness as an adult.
World Hepatitis Day: WHO praises China’s vaccination success, but calls for more progress on improving access to treatment
Beijing, 24 July 2015 - On this year’s World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) applauds China for its remarkable success in reducing hepatitis B infections in children aged under 15 years. At the same time, WHO calls for more progress in strengthening access to treatment for people living with chronic hepatitis B and C in China.
BEIJING, 7 July 2015 – Raising tobacco tax is a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate new funds for building stronger health services. These are the key messages from the World Health Organization’s Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic-2015, released in Manila today.
BEIJING, 3 July 2015 – June was a great month in Beijing. The weather has been warm, the flowers in full bloom, and there were plenty of crystal clear days outside – with blue sky and lovely white clouds. I’ve loved being out and about, just soaking it all up. And all the more so since indoor public places across the city – including restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels – are now smoke-free.
Highlights from the country
24 July 2015
As the end of 2015 and the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the Government of China in partnership with the United Nations (UN) System in China today jointly launched the Report on China’s Implementation of the MDGs (2000-2015). This is China’s final progress report on the MDGs before the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda later this year.
17 June 2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified a new collar clamp device for adolescent and adult male circumcision, which provides an alternative to surgical male circumcision.
12 June 2015
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the prequalification of a Chinese-made vaccine for seasonal influenza vaccine. The new WHO pre-qualified vaccine is produced by Hualan Biological Bacterin Corporation, and for use in individuals older than 9 years of age.
8 June 2015
Dr. Shin Young-soo, Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office cycled to the “Rural Environment and Health in China” event on 3rd June 2015 where he delivered a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.