BEIJING, 25 November 2015 – As sub-zero temperatures descend on Beijing and the snow settles on the ground to mark the start of winter, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching the second phase of its successful #RUFREE? social media campaign – to remind Beijing’s smokers that they cannot smoke in indoor public areas, no matter the weather outside.
BEIJING, 20 November 2015 – As world leaders prepare to head to Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) from 30 November, new analysis from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that an estimated 684,000 premature deaths could be prevented every year by 2030 in China, with stronger action to reduce dangerously high levels of air pollution and mitigate other health effects of climate change.
BEIJING, 16 November 2015 – The world is fast heading towards a post-antibiotics era, because overuse and misuse means antibiotics are becoming vastly less effective in treating common infections. Urgent action is needed to change the way both doctors and consumers use antibiotics, to avoid a post-antibiotics era where these drugs no longer work at all.
WHO engaging mothers and health professionals in new social media campaign to promote the #FirstEmbrace
BEIJING, 4 November 2015 – Every two minutes, a newborn dies in WHO’s Western Pacific Region. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a new social media campaign to raise awareness of the ‘First Embrace’ – the skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after birth.
Highlights from the country
19 November 2015
October was the month when China celebrated two important dates meant to highlight its respect for the elderly—the traditional Chongyang Festival and the International Day of Older Persons. November and the months to come should be the time to remind society of responding better to China’s increasingly old population, and ensuring that ageing becomes a celebration for both old and young people.
26 October 2015
Millions of children lives have been saved in China by expanding access to quality primary health care across the country over the last 20 years. The rate of mortality among China’s children under five dropped by 80 per cent from 79.2 per 1,000 in 1991 to 11.7 per 1,000 live births in 2014 and infant mortality dropped to 8.9 per 1,000 live births, a drop from more than 50.2 per 1,000 in 1991. Significant progress has been made in reducing the number of women dying during childbirth. In 2014, the maternal mortality rate was 21.7 per 100,000 which was 76 per cent lower than in 1990.
17 September 2015
UN Commends Government of China for scaling up prevention services for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B to pregnant women and their children nationally
Thousands of babies have been born free of the HIV virus thanks to effective interventions provided by the Government of China with technical support from UN agencies, according to a new Progress Report released this week on Progress report on China National Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, Syphilis & Hepatitis B Programme, compiled by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.