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The WHO podcast brings you public health information and related news from around the world. Click on the links below to subscibe, or to play or download individual episodes.

Recent episodes

  • Mental health atlas 2011
    19 October 2011 -- One in four people develop some kind of mental illness at some point in their lives. WHO's Mental health atlas 2011 examines the extent of mental health needs and services around the world.
  • The first official World Hepatitis Day, 28th July
    28 July 2011 -- World Health Organization has declared the 28th July as World Hepatitis Day. The slogan for this first year is "Know it. Confront it. Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere".
  • World Report on disability podcast
    10 June 2011 -- In New York this week, the World Health Organization, together with the World Bank, launched the first ever World report on disability.
  • World Health Day 2011: combat drug resistance
    08 April 2011 -- This year's World Health Day focuses on the dangers of resistance to today's infection-fighting wonder drugs. The world is on the brink of losing these miracle cures.
  • Worldwide alcohol trends
    15 March 2011-- New and comprehensive study on the consumption of alcohol reveals worrying trends on alcohol use around the world.
  • Physical activity a key in preventing some cancers
    07 February 2011 -- Low levels of physical activity are associated with a high risk of colon cancer and breast cancer.
  • Tracking resources for women's and children’s health
    2 February 2011 -- A newly formed Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health will track resources pledged to actual results. The Commission will provide evidence of which programmes are most effective in saving the lives of women and children and ensure that the money doesn't get swallowed up through inefficiency or corruption.
  • World health report 2010: the path to universal coverage
    3 December 2010 -- The World health report 2010 focuses on how to pay for health care. The report looks at how to raise sufficient funds, how to raise funds fairly and how to get better value for money by becoming more efficient.
  • Improving cancer control in developing countries
    19 November 2010 -- Three-quarters of cancer deaths occur in developing countries where the resources needed to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer are severely limited. As a result WHO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have created a Joint Programme on Cancer Control focusing on the needs of developing countries.
  • Mental health Intervention guide to make care more accessible
    18 October 2010 -- WHO estimates that over 75% of people living in developing countries do not receive any mental health treatment or care. A new, easy-to-use guide to identify and provide care for mental health disorders will help expand care at a cost that is affordable, even for low- and middle-income countries.
  • Challenges still remain after the floods in Pakistan
    24 September 2010 -- The floods in Pakistan have had an enormous consequences for the health of millions of people. They have also impacted the ability to deliver emergency and routine health care across the country.
  • World Humanitarian Day
    19 August 2010 -- Thousands of humanitarian workers, either with local organizations or international bodies like WHO, strive during crises, to ensure survivors have access to the most basic human rights, including health, shelter and food.
  • Good health in youth sets the stage for well-being in later life
    13 August 2010 -- Many young people engage in behaviours that are dangerous not only to their current state of health, but also puts their health at risk for years to come.
  • Organ donors still scarce
    6 July 2010 -- Demand for organs outstrips supply in almost every country of the world. In many places the wait for an organ can be measured in years. One way to improve the situation is by donors making sure their families understand their wishes, which allows doctors to proceed with the donation process.
  • Better management of health workforce migration
    09 July 2010 -- High-income countries are increasingly dependent on doctors and nurses who have been trained abroad. But the migration of health workers weakens the health systems in the countries of origin. WHO's Code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel aims to achieve a balance between the interests of health workers, source countries and destination countries.
  • Polio: the fight till eradication
    02 July 2010 -- Polio eradication is at a critical juncture. While the world is close to stamping out polio, this will require renewed commitment. Specifically it will entail renewed political, financial and scientific commitment.
  • Anniversary of smallpox eradication
    18 June 2010 -- A statue was erected to mark the 30th anniversary of smallpox eradication. In this podcast past members of the Smallpox Eradication Programme explain challenges they faced in eradicating the disease.
  • Harmful effects of tobacco marketing and smoke on women and girls
    08 June 2010 -- World No Tobacco Day 2010 draws particular attention to female smokers. Women and girls are a major target for the tobacco industry.
  • Appropriate antivenoms an effective treatment for snakebites
    28 May 2010 -- In contrast to many other serious health conditions, a highly effective treatment to snakebites exists. Most deaths and serious consequences from snakebites are entirely preventable by making antivenom more widely available.
  • Clean hands can prevent the spread of disease
    7 May 2010 -- The WHO "Save lives: clean your hands" campaign invites healthcare workers, hospitals and organizations around the world to actively promote improved hand hygiene to reduce infections.
  • Diagnostic tests can help Count Malaria Out
    23 April 2010 -- Better diagnostic testing may be a key to count malaria cases and help defeat the disease. Also better tests will more accurately identify who actually has the disease, make sure people get the correct medicines and prevent the misuse of malaria drugs.
  • How urban policies can make city living healthier and safer
    09 April 2010 -- With the majority of the world's population living in cities and towns, this podcast marking World Health Day addresses ways to build healthy and safe urban environments.
  • Marking International Women's Day
    12 March 2010 -- This episode marking International Women's Day looks at women through the themes of education, health care and armed conflict.
  • Anti-tobacco convention's fifth anniversary
    26 February 2010 -- The fifth anniversary of world’s first global public health treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control provides a time to reflect on its achievements.
  • New technology strengthens Africa's health workforce
    19 February 2010 -- This episode focuses on how new technology is helping to strengthen Africa's health workforce to address the enormous public health challenges there.
  • About two out of five cancers can be prevented
    4 February 2010 -- As we mark World Cancer Day, this episode focuses on cancer prevention. Each year, over 12 million people are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer kills more people than AIDS, malaria, and TB combined but the good news is that approximately two out of five cancers are potentially preventable.
  • WHO's critical contribution in the humanitarian health response
    22 January 2010 -- Haiti's earthquake ranks among the most devastating and logistically challenging in recent history. Before the earthquake, Haiti already suffered from high rates of maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. Listen to what WHO and others are doing for the huge numbers of people needing surgery and other medical treatment.
  • Haiti earthquake: the emergency health response
    13 January 2010 -- The severe earthquake that struck Haiti and the Dominican Republic has inflicted large-scale damage, including to hospitals and health facilities. In this episode we talk to WHO experts about the situation and the emergency health response.