WHO Director-General urges China to continue health reform process to address future health challenges

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan addresses media at WHO China Office, Beijing, 9 July 2014

BEIJING, 9 July 2014 – “It is critical that the Government of China continue with, and accelerate, it’s current health care reforms – to build a health system to address major current and future health challenges,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, said at the conclusion of an official visit to China.

China National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for vaccines receives WHO endorsement

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan announces China’s successful National Regulatory Authority reassessment, Beijing, 4 July 2014

BEIJING, 4 July 2014 – China’s National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for vaccines, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), has been evaluated by WHO experts, and assessed as meeting or exceeding all World Health Organization (WHO) standards, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announced today.

China’s youth tobacco survey highlights the need to protect youth from tobacco harms

BEIJING, 18 June 2014 – China’s first ever—and the world’s largest—national Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) highlights the urgent need for strong action to protect young people from the harms of tobacco. “We must act to prevent young people in China from becoming the tobacco industry’s customers today—and the mortality statistics of tomorrow,” said WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo.

World No Tobacco Day: Raise taxes on tobacco


BEIJING, 28 May 2014 - On 31 May every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) marks World No Tobacco Day, to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2014 is: Raise taxes on tobacco. Raising tobacco taxes and prices is the single most effective policy governments can introduce to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco tax increases reduce tobacco consumption, and in doing so, prevent tobacco-related disease and therefore avert tobacco related deaths.

Highlights from the country

  • 27 June 2014

    Improving Nutrition, Food Safety and Food Security for China’s Most Vulnerable Women and Children

    “These vegetables are all from my greenhouse. We have more things to eat now, not just pickles and potatoes as in the past,” said Shen Wanshu from Shuitang village, proudly displaying his home-grown produce which developed with the assistance of the UN-China program that aims to improve nutrition, food security and food safety in some of China’s poorest areas.

  • 28 May 2014

    “Let us do it together, and for all”: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens Shanghai Maternal and Child Health Center

    On 22 May 2014, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon officiated at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Maternal and Child Health Center together with His Excellency Mr. Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, Madam Weng Tiehui, Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Madam Cui Li, Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), and Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China.

  • 16 May 2014

    WHO goes for Pedal Power

    The WHO China office is 'going green', taking delivery of a fleet of custom-made WHO bicycles in Beijing today.

    "Part of our job at WHO is to promote healthy lifestyles. We do this through our work, but we also believe in practising what we preach", Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China and biking enthusiast said.

WHO work in China

China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2013-2015

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