Graphic photos on tobacco packs save lives: WHO Report

BEIJING, 8 April 2014 – Large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packets in China would increase awareness about the harms of smoking, help to cut smoking rates, and in doing so save lives according to global studies. These are the key findings from a new report, Tobacco health warnings in China – Evidence of effectiveness and implications for action, from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project), released today.

WHO China celebrates World Health Day

On 4 April, in conjunction with the World Health Day 2014, a ceremony was held in Beijing in the presence of Vice Minister Cui Li of the National Health and Family Planning Commission and other national and city leaders, to launch the 26th National Patriotic Health Month Campaign: “away from vectors and enjoy our health”

BEIJING, 4 April 2014 – The World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April each year to recognize the anniversary of the WHO’s First Health Assembly in 1948. Since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme and to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. The theme for 2014, “Small bite, big threat”, highlights the risk of vectors, and vector-borne diseases.

WHO China has joined Weibo

WHO China

BEIJING, 3 April 2014 - WHO China has launched its own microblog on Sina Weibo, Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China announced today.

"WHO is very excited about joining China's thriving Weibo community," Dr Schwartländer said.

WHO: China needs comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion & sponsorship

BEIJING, 28 March 2014 – “The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of China on its move to strengthen restrictions on tobacco advertising, and values the opportunity to comment on the current proposed amendments to China’s Advertising Law,” said Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China.

Dr Schwartländer made the comments following a submission by WHO to the State Council Legislative Affairs Office this week. The Legislative Affairs Office invited comments from the public on proposed changes to China’s Advertising Law.

Highlights from the country

  • 9 October 2013

    Newly accessible Japanese encephalitis vaccine will make saving children easier in developing countries

    A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is going to make the protection of more children in developing countries easier. The vaccine, manufactured in China, only needs to be given in one dose, it can be used for infants, and it is less expensive than other JE vaccines.

  • 12 November 2013

    Achieving global targets: Healthy lifestyles to prevent and control non-communicable diseases

    Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) —including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases—are the number one public health threat, killing more than 36 million people each year globally. In China, NCDs account for over 80 per cent of its annual deaths and contribute to almost 70 per cent of the total disease burden.

  • 30 January 2013

    WHO China launches new bilingual website

    BEIJING, 30 January 2013 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in China today launched a new bilingual (English and Chinese) website to share its work more broadly and strengthen its capacity to help improve the health and well-being of the people of China.

WHO work in China

China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2013-2015

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