Bold action needed to end AIDS in the Western Pacific Region by 2030

HANOI, 1 DECEMBER 2015 - Advances in HIV prevention and treatment could end AIDS as a public health threat in the Western Pacific Region, but for this to happen, people living with HIV need to know their status, access life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and continue with lifelong treatment.

WHO launches toolkit to help countries respond to sexual violence

UN Women

25 November 2015 -- WHO releases a new tool for medical and legal professionals to ensure that proper evidence is collected in cases of sexual violence to help bring justice for victims. The goal is to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence and help eliminate violence against women. Globally 1 in 3 women has been a victim of physical/sexual partner violence in her lifetime.

WHO supports nationwide campaign to combat antimicrobial resistance

HANOI, 16 November 2015 – The World Health Organization in Viet Nam (WHO) and the government of Viet Nam have joined hands to organize the first national Antibiotic Awareness Week from 16-22 November. Antimicrobial resistance in Viet Nam is adversely affecting the health of the population and weakening the health care system.

One Step Closer to End Rabies in Viet Nam

A dog being vaccinated for Rabies in Viet Nam
FAO/Ki Jung Min

TAM KY, 26/9/2015 - In response to World Rabies Day, the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Animals Protection (WAP) join hands to stop Rabies in Viet Nam and to promote the message “Let’s End Rabies Together by vaccinating dogs” to policy makers, animal and public health professionals, dog owners and the general public.

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

  • 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.