China urged to “Close the Gap” on World AIDS Day

Beijing, 1 December 2014 – China’s national HIV and AIDS response has continued to improve as a result of strong government leadership in the last decade. Top-level commitment to controlling the HIV and AIDS epidemic includes world-best practices including clinics for injecting drug users. But more needs to be done to end the epidemic in China by 2030.

Beijing lawmakers: WHO implores you to bring “APEC Blue” indoors

Beijing - I want 100% smoke-free

BEIJING, 19 November 2014 - The skies above Beijing were clear last week. Residents of the pollution-prone capital called it “APEC Blue”.

Despite the blue skies outside, many places inside the city presented another harmful air issue. Smoking in enclosed public spaces is permitted at restaurants, hotels, offices and homes across Beijing. During APEC, the air outside was probably healthier than the air in many places indoors.

Lifestyle and diet changes lead to rapid rise of diabetes in China

BEIJING, 14 November 2014 – China is home to one-third of the world’s diabetes patients according to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association , with sedentary lifestyles and less healthy diet as key risk factors. Recognizing World Diabetes Day that falls on 14 November this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is making people across China aware of simple lifestyle changes that can dramatically reduce the risks.

WHO welcomes a $2 million USD support from China for Ebola response

GENEVA, 5 Nov 2014 - The World Health Organization (WHO) warmly welcomes a $2 million USD donation from the Government of the People's Republic of China to support WHO's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Dr Ian Smith, Executive Director of the Office of the Director-General, WHO formally received the donation on behalf on WHO, from Mr Wu Hailong, Ambassador at China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, on 5 November 2014.

Highlights from the country

  • 19 December 2014

    United Nations statement

    All people, living with and affected by HIV, including children, are entitled to the same rights as others. The United Nations is deeply concerned by reports of a child living with HIV in Xichong County, Sichuan Province, being discriminated against and stigmatized by health care providers and many others in his community.

  • 1 December 2014

    A tale of two Chinas: AIDS then and now

    I first came to China more than 15 years ago. At that time, China was just starting to come to terms with the HIV epidemic, and scale up its response. Not long after that, the first methadone clinics were opened. The early days of China’s HIV response were filled with hard and bitter lessons. But they showed me firsthand what China can achieve when it sets its mind to overcoming a challenge.

  • 28 November 2014

    Tobacco control in China poised to take quantum leap forward

    The World Health Organization (WHO) applauds the Beijing Municipal Government for passing a new law which will make all indoor public places in Beijing 100% smoke-free from 1 June 2015, and pave the way for strong action on tobacco at national level.

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China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2013-2015

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