World Malaria Day – 25 April 2014
BEIJING, 23 April 2014 – 25 April 2014 is the 7th World Malaria Day! World Malaria Day began following a resolution by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007. The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is: Invest in the future, Defeat malaria. While many efforts have been made to defeat malaria, malaria still kills an estimated 627,000 people every year around the world, mainly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, WHO estimates that 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission. Most parts of China are now malaria-free. However, in 2013, there were approximately 4,000 malaria cases reported across China, most of which occurred in the south of the country. World Malaria Day is an important opportunity to highlight the need for continued efforts toward malaria prevention and control. China will celebrate National Malaria Day, in conjunction with World Malaria Day, on 26 April 2014 with the theme: Eliminate Malaria, Enjoy Our Health.
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.
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.
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.
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.