World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

HANOI, 31 May 2016 - Tobacco use is one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases. The theme of this World No Tobacco Day is Getting Ready for Plain Packaging. WHO encourages countries all around the world to consider plain packaging as part of a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach to tobacco control.

Viet Nam confirms first cases of Zika

7 April 2016 - On the 5th of April 2016, the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam confirmed the first two cases of Zika virus in Viet Nam.

World Health Day 2016: Together on the front lines against diabetes

Diabetes screening vietnam
WHO/QR Mattingly

HANOI, 7 April 2016 – On World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Viet Nam highlights the staggering global burden of diabetes and calls on all communities across the country to work together to effectively manage and prevent the disease.

WHO and partners reflect on the outcomes of the Conference of Parties on climate change

Farmer in cao bang viet nam
UN communications/J Zak

MANILA, 2 MARCH 2016 - From 30 November to 11 December 2015, world leaders, climate change experts, representatives from the private sector and civil society organizations met in Paris to set a new standard for dealing with complex global problems posed by climate change. In all, 195 countries committed to limit the temperature increase to well below two degrees Celsius. This United Nations Conference of Parties on climate change, (COP 21) resulted in a major agreement and "a huge flame of hope."

Highlights from WHO Viet Nam

  • 7 April 2016

    The growing burden of diabetes in Viet Nam

    The World Health Organisation is celebrating World Health Day on 7 April 2016, with the theme Together on the frontlines against diabetes to highlight the need for multistakeholder action to halt the rise of diabetes worldwide.

    Diabetes is now a global epidemic with a serious impact on the quality of life of individuals and families. It is a chronic disease that requires life-long treatment and thus leads to high economic burden to people and society.

  • 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.