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CREATION OF NEW CLUSTER AT WHO HQ: HEALTH SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT

As of 1 November, the Communicable Diseases (CDS) cluster has been renamed Health Security and Environment (HSE) and includes the department of Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR) with the addition of the Cholera team and the team on Disease Control in Humanitarian Emergencies, the department of Protection of the Human Environment (PHE) and the department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases (FOS). The changes within this cluster reflect the expanded scope of the International Health Regulations (2005), which include emergencies caused by chemicals and other environmental hazards and outbreaks of foodborne disease, as described in this year’s World Health Report (A Safer Future: Global Public Health Security in the 21st Century, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2007). Dr David Heymann will continue to lead this cluster and to serve as Representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication.

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