Viet Nam captures global momentum on viral hepatitis

World Hepatitis Day 2014 poster
World Hepatitis Alliance

HANOI, 28 July 2014 - On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO welcomes new progress in tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.

Early HIV treatment: Tackling HIV among injecting drug users in Vietnam

Antiretroviral therapy slows the spread of HIV in Viet Nam
WHO Viet Nam/C. Doan

Ha Noi, 23 July 2014 - Nguyen Trong Hoa has been injecting heroin for 19 years but in January he finally knew he had to get help. He began methadone therapy to help break his habit and also had an HIV test at an outpatient clinic in Thanh Hoa City on Viet Nam’s north central coast.

Dr Takeshi Kasai Awarded the “For People’s Health” Medal by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health

Dr Kasai received his award from Minister of Health, Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Tien in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health office
WHO Viet Nam/L Ngo-Fontaine

HANOI, 29 June 2014 - Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO Representative in Viet Nam, was awarded the “For the People’s Health” Medal from the Ministry of Health. The medal is a top honour given to people who have made significant public health contributions to Viet Nam.

Safe blood and blood products are crucial for saving mothers’ lives in most critical moments during childbirth and pregnancy

HANOI, 12 June 2014 - About 12 000 women die every year while giving birth in the Western Pacific Region. Severe bleeding during childbirth is the most common cause of pregnancy-related deaths—many of which could be avoided with timely access to safe blood and blood products. On World Blood Donor Day (14 June), the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region calls on governments and policy-makers to take concrete steps to improve access to safe blood and blood products as part of a comprehensive approach to save mothers’ lives.

Highlights from WHO Viet Nam

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.