Beijing, 6 January 2017 – In 2014 Premier Li Keqiang called for a war on air pollution – a bold and visionary declaration which signaled a major commitment on the part of China’s leadership to combat the worst effects of pollution.
30 December 2016 | BEIJING - The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the government and the people of Shenzhen for their commitment to strengthen the city’s tobacco control laws. Starting on 1 January 2017, Shenzhen will offer all of its citizens and visitors a 100% smoke-free environment in all indoor public places.
From counting steps to births and deaths, health and modern technology offer enormous potential to improve public health for people around the world.
United Nations chiefs and business leaders agree that more can be done to strengthen collaboration between the health and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.
9th Global conference on health promotion: Global leaders agree to promote health in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
Shanghai, 21 November 2016 – Leaders from governments and United Nations organizations, city chiefs and health experts from around the world today made two landmark commitments to promote public health and eradicate poverty.
- Are We Losing the War on Pollution?
- WHO commends Shenzhen’s move to create 100% smoke-free environment
- Bridging the divide between health and the web can improve lives for people worldwide
- 9th Global conference on health promotion: Global leaders agree to promote health in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
Highlights from the country
22 March 2016
On 22 March 2016, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-soo and National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) Minister Li launched the new WHO-China Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS). The CCS outlines the priorities for WHO’s work in China over the next 5 years.
14 March 2016
In 2014 WHO recommended offering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to men who have sex with men (MSM). On the basis of further evidence of the effectiveness and acceptability of PrEP, WHO has now broadened the recommendation to include all population groups at substantial risk of HIV infection.
Offering PrEP should be a priority for populations with an HIV incidence of about 3 per 100 person-years or higher. PrEP should be an additional prevention choice in a comprehensive package of services that also includes HIV testing, counselling, male and female condoms, lubricants, ARV treatment for partners with HIV infection, voluntary medical male circumcision and harm reduction interventions for people who use drugs.
14 March 2016
WHO Technical Consultation on a comprehensive National Hepatitis Programme in China with a focus on viral hepatitis B and C treatment, Beijing, China, 21 February 2014 : meeting report
China has a heavy burden of viral hepatitis. About 90 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus and about 7 to 10 million people are estimated to be infected with the hepatitis C virus. The consequence of chronic hepatitis is substantial - liver cancer is the second leading cause of death in China in the agegroup of 35-54 years of age. Effective treatment for hepatitis B and C is available. Studies show that treatment for hepatitis B and C is cost effective, and may reduce death due to chronic hepatitis-related liver disease including liver cancer.
In view of importance of chronic hepatitis in China, a technical consultation was held on 21 February 2014 in Beijing with national stakeholders to discuss the scientific evidence, current challenges and new opportunities for scaling up hepatitis treatment in China using the public health approach.