Cleaner air now a reality for Beijingers thanks to new Smoke-free Law

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.

WHO recommends continuation of strong disease control measures to bring MERS-CoV outbreak in Republic of Korea to an end

The Republic of Korea's Minister of Health and Welfare, Moon Hyungpyo, and Dr Keiji Fukuda, World Health Organization Assistant Director General, Health Security

MANILA, 13 June 2015 - A joint mission by the World Health Organization and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare to review the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) in the Republic of Korea has recommended that continuing strengthening of contact tracing, monitoring and quarantine as well as expanded laboratory testing will prevent further spread of the virus.

Joint mission to Republic of Korea on MERS-CoV begins well

MANILA, 10 June 2015 - A joint mission by the World Health Organization and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare to review the situation regarding the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) in the Republic of Korea, has begun its work with an open and candid exchange of information and experience. Initial recommendations provided by the joint mission have been welcomed by the government.

Beijing goes smoke-free

WHO China/Xu Peng

BEIJING, 5 June 2015 – China celebrated this year’s World No Tobacco Day in a very special way, by adorning the iconic ‘Bird’s Nest’ – the National Olympics Stadium – in giant no-smoking banners, to mark the beginning of the new Beijing smoke-free law which came into effect on 1 June.

Highlights from the country

  • 17 June 2015

    WHO prequalifies a collar clamp device for male circumcision to prevent HIV transmission

    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

    WHO prequalifies Chinese influenza vaccine

    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

    WHO continues to lead way in support of China’s Environment and Health Week

    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.

  • May 2015

    Improving maternal and child health in China: a case study

    China is determined to move forward to triple elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B. Implemented in Yunnan province, one of the provinces most affected by HIV in China, this case study presents the expansion of national pilot programme from 2005 to 2009 and accelerated efforts for an "integrated prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B (iPMTCT)” from 2010 to 2012.

WHO work in China

China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2013-2015

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