World Heart Day 2014: Salt Reduction saves lives

street food in vietnam - reduction of salt intake is an important measure to reduce cardiovascular diseases
WHO Viet Nam/M Dakin

Hanoi, 29 September 2014 - On World Heart Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on Viet Nam to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction measures to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke and save lives.

Viet Nam’s animal and human health sectors unite #TogetherAgainstRabies

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

Ha Noi, 28 September 2014 - On 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), and the World Health Organization (WHO) unite to eliminate rabies in Viet Nam.

WHO Viet Nam’s future home becomes Viet Nam’s first gold-rated Green Building

Hanoi, 19 September 2014 - WHO Viet Nam’s future home, The new Green One UN House, nearing completion on Hanoi’s busy Kim Ma Street, has become the first building project in Viet Nam to achieve a provisional gold Lotus rating from Viet Nam’s Green Building Council.

WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide

4 September 2014 -- More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around 1 person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. WHO recommends countries involve a range of government departments in developing a comprehensive coordinated action to reduce suicides.

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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.