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.

Midwives could cut maternal, newborn deaths by two thirds, says new State of the World’s Midwifery

Ha Noi, 5 June 2014 - When trained and supported by a functional health system, midwives could provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed for women and newborns, and could potentially reduce maternal and newborn deaths by two thirds. This was among the findings of the State of the World’s Midwifery: A Universal Pathway – A Woman’s Right to Health.

World No Tobacco Day 2014: Higher tobacco taxes save lives

For World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO and partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. Under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), countries should implement tax and price policies on tobacco products as a way to reduce tobacco consumption. Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke.





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.