Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health
30 October - 1 November 2018 The Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health is the first-ever global event to focus on both Air Pollution and Health. Air pollution is a growing global challenge - but tackling the issue provides us with a unique opportunity to mitigate climate change, support sustainable urban and rural development and gender equity, reduce poverty, and improve our health and wellbeing.
Italian health sector offers leadership and innovation in addressing the threat of climate change to human health
March 2018 - The WHO UNFCCC climate and health profile for Italy, summarizes research and analysis on the threat of climate change on health outcomes and ecosystems in Italy. The document outlines the strategies in place to protect the health of Italian citizens and how health stakeholders must continue to build resilience to climate change in the health sector through education, awareness, integrated surveillance and effective early warning and response systems.
142nd session of the WHO Executive Board
22 January 2018 – This week the WHO Executive Board (EB) is setting the agenda for the World Health Assembly, and determining how to best promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Among the key documents the EB will discuss the report Health, Environment and Climate Change.
10 January 2018 – UN Environment and WHO have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. This represents the most significant formal agreement on joint action across the spectrum of environment and health issues in over 15 years.
Highlighted key area/topicAir pollution » Chemical safety » Climate change » Occupational health » Social determinants of health » Water, sanitation and health »
By focusing on reducing environmental and social risk factors, nearly a quarter of the global burden of disease can be prevented. Examples include promoting safe household water storage, better hygiene measures, safer management of toxic substances in the home and workplace.
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