WHO Viet Nam rewarded for contributions to water safety in Viet Nam

22 FEBRUARY 2017 | HA NOI, VIET NAM The efforts of WHO Viet Nam to ensure safe drinking water for all parts of the population were formally recognized as the Ministry of Construction awarded Dr. Lokky Wai, WHO Representative in Viet Nam and Mr. Ton Tuan Nghia, Technical Officer in Environmental Health and Water and Sanitation for their contributions to water safety in Viet Nam on 13 January 2017 in Hanoi.

Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

women in Viet Nam paying at the pharmacy
WHO/J. Zak

23 JANUARY 2017 | HA NOI, VIET NAM - Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from WHO and the US National Cancer Institute. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, such as cancers and heart disease.

Health Partnership Group discusses the Sustainable Development Goals

HANOI, 11 JANUARY 2017 - The Health Partnership Group (HPG) met for the last time this Lunar Year, to discuss the National Action Plan to implement the SDGs including the health-related targets, in line with sectoral policies, strategies and plans. This was the first sectoral-focused discussion on the SDGs following the drafting of the SDG National Action Plan.

World AIDS Day highlights firm action in Viet Nam to provide HIV services

HANOI, 1 DECEMBER 2016 - on World AIDS Day, WHO encourages Viet Nam to address critical gaps that remain in the prevention, testing, and treatment of HIV and to move towards the global target to end AIDS epidemic by 2030. Viet Nam has demonstrated a high-level of commitment and innovative approaches in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Highlights from WHO Viet Nam

  • 20 February 2017

    Viet Nam builds capacity to fight Non-communicable diseases

    Non-communicable diseases or NCDs are now the leading cause of death in Viet Nam. One out of three deaths in Viet Nam (33%) are due to cardiovascular disease and the probability of dying from NCDs is expected to rise in the coming years. To help address the growing burden of NCDs to public health, representatives from Viet Nam's Ministry of Health and staff from the Office of the WHO Representative in Viet Nam participated in an inter-country training workshop last 20-24 February 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City. The weeklong meeting was organized as part of the roll out of new technical guidance on the prevention, control and management of cardiovascular disease including strategies to promote salt reduction - one of the main risk factors. The meeting also included participants from Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Countries shared progress and exchanged views and experiences in implementing programmes and initiatives that address NCDs.


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  • 12 December 2016

    Speaking out to end violence against women and girls

    From 15 November to 15 December 2016 a national action month is being held in Viet Nam on Gender Equality and Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls with the topic "Joining hands to end violence against women and girls".

    In Viet Nam, 58% of ever-married women said that they had experienced at least one form of physical, sexual and emotional violence from someone close, at some point in their lives.
    87% said they had been sexually harassed in public.
    10% said they had been sexually assaulted by their spouses.

    But 87% of victims did not seek help due to the lack of available services. Many were also afraid to speak up due to the fear of stigma, discrimination and further harassment.

    On the occasion of the national action month, two WHO Viet Nam staff members speak out against Gender Based Violence.

  • 7 April 2016

    The growing burden of diabetes in Viet Nam

    The World Health Organisation is celebrating World Health Day on 7 April 2016, with the theme Together on the frontlines against diabetes to highlight the need for multistakeholder action to halt the rise of diabetes worldwide.

    Diabetes is now a global epidemic with a serious impact on the quality of life of individuals and families. It is a chronic disease that requires life-long treatment and thus leads to high economic burden to people and society.

  • 1 February 2015

    WHO gives UN Foundation Press Fellows Insight in Viet Nam’s Health System

    Hanoi - Early January 2015, the United Nations in Viet Nam hosted a group of eight international journalists. The reporters, who came from a variety of countries and major media outlets, had been selected to participate in a press fellowship led by the United Nations Foundation. The goal of the week-long fellowship was to give them an opportunity to see first-hand the health challenges and successes in Viet Nam, with a particular focus on child health and immunization.

  • 12 December 2016

    Speaking out to end violence against women and girls

    From 15 November to 15 December 2016 a national action month is being held in Viet Nam on Gender Equality and Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls with the topic "Joining hands to end violence against women and girls".

    In Viet Nam, 58% of ever-married women said that they had experienced at least one form of physical, sexual and emotional violence from someone close, at some point in their lives.
    87% said they had been sexually harassed in public.
    10% said they had been sexually assaulted by their spouses.

    But 87% of victims did not seek help due to the lack of available services. Many were also afraid to speak up due to the fear of stigma, discrimination and further harassment.

    On the occasion of the national action month, two WHO Viet Nam staff members speak out against Gender Based Violence.

Highlighted publications

  • Frequently Asked Questions on Rabies
    Rabies is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind. These FAQs are an attempt to provide accepted and evidence-based answers to common questions about the disease.
  • Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance 2014
    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. An increasing number of governments around the world are devoting efforts to a problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine. A post-antibiotic era – in which common infections and minor injuries can kill – far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st Century.
  • Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Response: An Investment in Public Health Preparedness 2013
    This publication tells the story of how the global community worked together to fight the shared risk. The information in this publication comes from the people who worked directly to control the threat of avian influenza A(H7N9) at all three levels of WHO: the WHO China Office, the Regional Office for the Western Pacific in Manila and WHO headquarters. This also highlights the joint China–WHO mission that epitomized collaboration in action.