Living with hepatitis: Don’t be afraid
Dr Zhang*, a village doctor in Henan province in central China, knows first-hand how destructive hepatitis can be. His father died of liver cancer, most likely caused by undiagnosed hepatitis. Dr Zhang himself was born before hepatitis B vaccination was widely available and was not immunized against hepatitis B – either at birth or as a child. He went on to develop a serious hepatitis B-related illness as an adult.
The campaign is titled #RUFREE? – meaning 'Are you smoke-free? And do you support smoke-free environments?' – and includes posters featuring several high profile Chinese celebrities voicing their support for stronger tobacco control policies.
Raising tobacco tax, saving more lives
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.
Reducing health inequities, building better lives
On 18 July 2012, the Western Area Health Initiative was launched in Beijing. This Initiative is a collaboration effort among the Ministry of Health, China, the World Health Organization, and three sub-national level governments, to improve the health of the people living in the Western part of China.
This formal launch, with signing of a memorandum of understanding among Ministry of Health, high-level representatives from the three target regions of Shaanxi Province, Chongqing Municipality, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and WHO, represents a major step in WHO’s work and relationship with China.