Stronger action needed on climate-related health risks

A group of dwellings built on stilts, Cambodia.
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27 August 2014 -- Previously unrecognized health benefits could be obtained from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury. These issues will be discussed in the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opens today at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

Fiji’s schools teach healthy living

WHO

22 August 2014 -- Pupils at Khemendra Primary School in Fiji don’t just learn about healthy food, they help to grow their own. Each class is responsible for cultivating different types of fruit and vegetables in the school garden and greenhouse. Khemendra Primary is one of more than 84 schools participating in a national network, which receives resources from the Fijian Ministry of Health and WHO. Addressing the link between food supply and public health policies will be one of the topics at the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November.

Spreading the word about Ebola through music

WHO/ M. Seeger

20 August 2014 -- “Take away the fear, don’t hide yourself. People can still survive from Ebola,” are the lyrics of the Ebola Rap, a song written by Charles Yegba, a Liberian artist seeking to raise awareness about the virus in his community. Charles, leader of the AFROCO music group, is recording his song and creating a video to disseminate his message across Liberia, one of the west African countries severely affected by the Ebola virus disease outbreak.

WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters

A humanitarian worker with school children, Syria.
S. Sabouni

18 August 2014 -- As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, WHO is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO will draw attention to attacks on health-care workers, hospitals, clinics and ambulances in Syria, Gaza, Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and other areas.

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  • August 2014

    Report on regulation of e-cigarettes

    The report recommends that appropriate government bodies restrict e-cigarette advertising and that steps be taken to end use of e-cigarettes indoors in public and work places.

  • August 2014

    WHO-deployed health worker receiving care after testing positive for Ebola

    WHO is working to ensure an international health worker who is deployed for the Organization in Sierra Leone and has contracted Ebola receives the best care possible including the option of medical evacuation to another care facility if necessary.

  • August 2014

    HPV vaccine trials can be significantly shortened

    A new report shows how the evaluation and licensing of prophylactic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines could be significantly accelerated. The report, provides a series of technical recommendations for clinical efficacy trials.

  • August 2014

    Ebola and Food Safety

    If food products are properly prepared and cooked, humans cannot become infected by consuming them: the Ebola virus is inactivated through cooking.

  • August 2014

    Supporting WHO's response to the Iraq crisis

    A donation from Saudi Arabia, enables the Organization to scale up its response to disease outbreaks, malnutrition, medicine shortages and overburdened hospitals and clinics in Iraq.

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