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2008 in review: key public health issues

A man wades through a flooded field holding a calf in Africa.
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Climate change and health

"Climate change endangers human health," said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan on World Health Day 2008. In response, WHO is coordinating and supporting research on the most effective measures to protect health from climate change - particularly for vulnerable populations such as women and children in developing countries - and advising Member States on the necessary changes to their health systems to protect their populations.

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