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Antimalarial drug resistance in Viet Nam: How concerned should we be?

HANOI - 2 OCTOBER 2017 - A Q&A with Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, on drug resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion

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.

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