WHO issues its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines

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9 April 2014 -- WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year. The publication of the "WHO Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection" coincides with the availability of more effective and safer oral hepatitis medicines, along with the promise of even more new medicines in the next few years.

Small bite, big threat: World Health Day 2014

HA NOI, 4 April 2014 - Mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs may be a threat to your health – and that of your family - at home and when travelling. This is the message of this year’s World Health Day, 7 April, which highlights actions we can all take to protect ourselves from the serious diseases that these “vectors” can cause.

WHO issues new data and a warning on the health impacts of air pollution

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MANILA, 25 March 2014 – The World Health Organization warns that air pollution is taking a mounting toll on health globally with the deaths of an estimated 7 million people in 2012 linked to dangerous air. The figure reflects strong connection between air pollution—both outdoors and in the home—and a range of illnesses, including heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

WHO Regional Director Dr Shin Young-soo Visits Viet Nam in Support of Universal Health Care Coverage Reform

Viet Nam’s Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến, Dr Shin Young-soo (WPRO Regional Director),  and Dr Pham Thi Bach Yen (Director of Lam Dong Provincial Health Department) speaking to a patient in Duc Trong district Hospital in Lam Dong Province, Viet Nam.
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Ha Noi, 13 March 2014 - Dr Shin Young-soo, the World Health Organization Regional Director for the Western Pacific, has visited Viet Nam as part of the organization’s continued commitment to support the country on its path towards universal health coverage.

World Health Day 2014

Highlights from WHO Viet Nam

  • 3 February 2014

    World Cancer Report 2014

    Geneva, 3 February 2014 - The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the specialized agency of WHO for cancer, has launched "World cancer report 2014". The report reveals how the cancer burden is growing at an alarming pace and emphasizes the need for urgent implementation of efficient prevention strategies to curb the disease. In 2012, the global burden of cancer rose to an estimated 14 million new cases per year, a figure expected to rise to 22 million annually within the next 2 decades.

  • 2 January 2014

    Video: WHO bringing health to people

    2 January 2014 - In 2013, WHO gained its one millionth follower on the microblogging service Twitter. As a token of gratitude, we share with you some of our 2013 highlights in the form of tweets. We selected some of our highlights from the health topics that were most important to our Twitter followers and Facebook fans. Thank you for sharing your topics in early December!

  • 18 December 2013

    Joint WHO - UNICEF statement on immunization

    Ha Noi, 19 December 2013 - As children’s health is one of any parent’s most important priorities, WHO and UNICEF are keen to remind parents of the critical importance of childhood immunization.

  • 30 April 2013

    FAQS on human infection with influenza A(H7N9) virus

    Hanoi, 4 April 2013 – These Frequently Asked Questions on human infection with A(H7N9) influenza virus answer questions concerning the virus. The document also addresses what action has been taken and the support that WHO is providing. (UPDATED 30 April 2013)

Highlighted publications

  • 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.
  • World health report 2013
    The World health report: research for universal health coverage focuses on the importance of research in advancing progress towards universal health coverage. In addition, it identifies the benefits of increased investment in health research by low- and middle-income countries using case studies from around the world, and proposes ways to further strengthen this type of research.