Earlier this year at the World Economic Forum, President Xi Jinping delivered a hearty defense of globalization. To people following world affairs for the last few decades this should not have come as a surprise. It is well known that China is the world’s second-largest economy and a global force in manufacturing and trade. What is less well known is that China has taken on increasingly critical roles in global health and development, which it views as necessary to sustain and accelerate global economic growth.
China is facing a tsunami of lifestyle diseases – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer, and more. The built environment has a major influence on China’s ability to tackle these diseases. (PHOTO BY WHO /L. HE )
WHO launches smoke-free celebrity campaign targeting youth, emphasis on “coolness” and self-empowerment
BEIJING, 1 June 2017 – At a celebrity-packed event in Beijing on June 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) China has launched a ‘smoke-free next generation’ media campaign featuring young Chinese celebrities to challenge the myth that you need to smoke to be cool. ( PHOTO BY M. CHEN )
We reject this deeply cynical argument that justifies the death of a citizen – or in this case, millions of citizens – based on the revenue of a company or tax receipts. And we’re not alone. China’s businesses are leading the way, creating a movement of corporate leaders who have committed to smoke-free workplaces.
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.