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Dr Kidong Park, new WHO Representative in Viet Nam, presents credentials

HANOI - 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 - Dr Kidong Park, the World Health Organization Representative in Viet Nam, presented his credentials to Mr Ha Kim Ngoc, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam.

World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

31 May 2017 – HANOI: Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever WHO report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation.

On World No Tobacco Day 2017, the World Health Organization is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide, and is calling on governments to implement strong tobacco control measures. These include banning marketing and advertising of tobacco, promoting plain packaging of tobacco products, raising excise taxes and making indoor public places and workplaces smoke-free.

WHO welcomes progress in access to Hepatitis C treatment in Viet Nam

HA NOI, 10 MAY 2017 - The World Health Organization welcomes new progress in Viet Nam to improve access to new life-saving hepatitis C treatments. The Ministry of Health of Viet Nam recently reached an agreement with the leading manufacturer of antiviral medicines for hepatitis C treatment, paving the way for people in Viet Nam to access these medicines at a substantially reduced price.

WHO “Depression: let’s talk” campaign calls for end to mental health stigma

HANOI, 7 April 2017 - Recently released data from the World Health Organization revealed depression as the leading contributor to disability worldwide. Moreover, between 2005 and 2015, the number of people living with depression grew to over 300 million people globally – an increase of over 18%. Less than half of those living with depression are receiving treatment – because of fear and discrimination arising from stigma, and lack of available services.

Highlights from WHO Viet Nam

  • Viet Nam builds capacity to fight Non-communicable diseases
    20 February 2017 - 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.
    To learn more about WHO's work in NCD prevention and control visit
    Noncommunicable diseases
  • Speaking out to end violence against women and girls
    12 December 2016 - 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.
    Video 1: Ms Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, Technical Officer
    Video 2: Dr Socorro Escalante, Health Systems Coordinator
  • The growing burden of diabetes in Viet Nam
    7 April 2016 - 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.
  • WHO gives UN Foundation Press Fellows Insight in Viet Nam’s Health System
    1 February 2015 - 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.

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.