Ionizing radiation

International Project on Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident

WHO's International Programme on the Health Effects of the Chernobyl Accident (IPHECA) was established to support national programmes, monitor health consequences and indicate future work needed to ensure that maximum information is gained from this disaster.

WHO priority areas

Priority areas have been identified in collaboration with the three affected States. They are:

  • maintenance of thyroid tissue and DNA data banks for early diagnosis, verification of thyroid diseases and study of radiation cancer;
  • risk assessment of exposure to low dose and low dose rate radiation; and
  • medical relief to children affected by the Chernobyl accident through the development and implementation of health telematics.

WHO continues and develops its activities in the follow-up to the Chernobyl accident, integrating the activities and expertise of its various offices and specialized agencies. These activities have built on the results of IPHECA, the International Thyroid Project (ITP) and a series of the International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) pilot projects aimed at evaluating the feasibility of different approaches for the epidemiological monitoring of exposed population.