Publications and information resources

The change we bring

In the context of China’s rapidly changing health landscape, the role of WHO in China continues to change as we work towards supporting ongoing reforms essential for safeguarding China’s transition to a more equitable, comprehensive and sustainable health system. This report captures some of the key highlights and achievements of WHO in China for the biennium 2016-2017 and the continued endeavour to add-value to China’s transformation and to its global health leadership in the future.

Promoting health in the SDGs

The 9th Global Conference on Health promotion was held in Shanghai, China from 21-24 November 2016. It was an extraordinary milestone because it positioned health promotion within the 2030 agenda. The Shanghai Declaration recognizes health and well-being as essential to achieving sustainable development. It reaffirms health as a universal right, an essential resource for everyday living, a shared social goal, and a political priority for all countries.

The Bill China Cannot Afford

This groundbreaking report provides an analysis of the current health, social and economic costs and impacts of tobacco use and policies in China. It highlights the impact of tobacco use on development, focusing particularly on poverty and inequality and the tremendous burden tobacco represents for the poorest and most vulnerable. The report affirms that through implementation of a comprehensive package of strong tobacco control policies, China could avert many millions of preventable deaths and build a more sustainable and inclusive economy.

Healthy China

A new report from the World Bank, WHO and 3 Chinese ministries offers a blueprint for a new direction for China’s health sector. The report’s main theme is the need for China to transition its healthcare delivery system toward people-centered, quality, integrated care built on the foundation of a strong primary healthcare system.

Smoke-free policies in China: evidence of effectiveness and implications for action

This report aims to accelerate the adoption and implementation of a strong and effective national smoke-free law in China by presenting policy-makers with evidence of effective smoke-free laws. The report summarizes global best practices and lessons learnt from other countries in the design and implementation of smoke-free policies. Research findings from China demonstrate the high prevalence of exposure to SHS in public places, particularly in comparison with other countries, and show that the majority of Chinese smokers and non-smokers support a strong national smoke-free law.

Report of China city adult tobacco survey 2013–14

To advance local tobacco control efforts in China, a city-based tobacco surveillance and evaluation system is critical to providing extensive data support. China CDC, in collaboration with US CDC, WHO, Emory University, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and 14 cities, used the Tobacco Questions for Surveys to pioneer the City Adult Tobacco Survey.

Guidelines for the prevention, care and treatment of persons with chronic hepatitis B infection

These are the first World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the prevention, care and treatment of persons living with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection, and complement similar recently published guidance by WHO on the prevention, care and treatment of infection due to the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Tobacco health warnings in China – Evidence of effectiveness and implications for action

This report is designed to present policy-makers in China with the necessary evidence to implement more effective health warning labels for tobacco products. The report will summarize the current state of warning labels in China, recent steps towards strengthening warning labels and the international evidence on the effectiveness of pictorial health warnings.

Research for universal health coverage: World health report 2013

The World health report: research for universal health coverage focuses on the importance of research in advancing progress towards universal health coverage. In addition, it identifies the benefits of increased investment in health research by low- and middle-income countries using case studies from around the world, and proposes ways to further strengthen this type of research.

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. The WHO FCTC is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. The WHO FCTC represents a paradigm shift in developing a regulatory strategy to address addictive substances; in contrast to previous drug control treaties, the WHO FCTC asserts the importance of demand reduction strategies as well as supply issues.

International Health Regulations (2005)

With the support of WHO, the 194 States Parties to the International Health Regulations (IHR) have been implementing these global rules to enhance national, regional and global public health security. Key milestones for the countries include the assessment of their surveillance and response capacities and the development and implementation of plans of action to ensure that these core capacities are functioning by 2012.

WHO work in China

China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2016-2020

WHO China Office-New space for health

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