WHO First Embrace campaign to save newborns in Viet Nam

HANOI, 14 JULY 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching its “First Embrace” campaign today in Viet Nam, highlighting simple steps that will save thousands of newborn lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of complications each year from unsafe or outdated practices in newborn care in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam: Closer to bringing drinking water and sanitation to all

Water and sanitation in Viet Nam
UN Photo/K Park

HANOI - 1 July 2015 - A robust 15-year commitment helped Viet Nam exceed the Millennium Development Goal target for water and sanitation. Twenty-five years ago, roughly 2 out of 5 people in Viet Nam did not have access to improved sources of drinking water. Today, 98% of Viet Nam’s more than 90 million residents have access to improved drinking water sources and 78% uses toilets and latrines that meet international standards.

National Regulatory Authority of Viet Nam Meets International Standards for Vaccine Regulation

NICVB laboratory vietnam
One-UN Communications/J. Zak

HANOI – 22 JUNE 2015 As of today, the World Health Organization formally certifies Viet Nam has a fully-equipped national regulatory system that ensures the safety and efficacy of vaccines produced and used in Viet Nam.

WHO recognises Viet Nam’s Minister of Health tobacco control accomplishments

One-UN Communications/J Zak

HANOI, 30 May 2015 – The World Health Organization has awarded the Minister of Health of Viet Nam, Professor Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, the World No Tobacco Day 2015.

Highlights from WHO Viet Nam

  • 3 February 2015

    Progressive Pathway Towards One Health Leadership

    At the opening of the third One Health Conference in Ha Noi, the UN recognized One Health (OH) accomplishments that Viet Nam has achieved to-date, but also emphasized on a long road ahead for Viet Nam to become a regional OH leader. Given the threat posed by new and emerging diseases the UN still urged for stronger cooperation between human, animal and ecosystem health under the ‘One Health’ umbrella.

  • 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.

  • 29 September 2014

    Viet Nam celebrates World Rabies Day 2014

    Hoa Binh, 27 September 2014 - On 27th September 2014, about 700 participants gathered in Hoa Binh province to celebrate World Rabies Day and to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals.

Highlighted publications

  • 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.
  • Global tuberculosis report 2013
    This is the eighteenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 197 countries and territories that account for over 99% of the world’s TB cases.