Public health, environmental and social determinants of health (PHE)

Preventing disease through healthy environments

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20 April 2016 -- An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths. Environmental risk factors such as pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and radiation contribute to more than 100 diseases worldwide. We must take actions to reduce environment-related diseases by improving the environments where we live and work.

Communicating radiation risks in paediatric imaging

 Billington Jesse Semwogerere and his mom Victoria Nandagire have a conversation with Dr. Deborah Babirye at Ecurei-Mengo Hospital (Kampala, Uganda) about the risk of radiation during diagnostic testing, such as a CT scan.
E.N. Kawooya, Ecurei-Mengo Hospital (Uganda)

April 2016 -- Dialogue with patients and families is particular relevant in the field of paediatric imaging. Accurate and effective radiation risk communication is also necessary between health care providers who request or perform radiological medical procedures in children.

This new document “Communicating radiation risks in paediatric imaging: information to support health care discussions about benefit and risk” is intended to serve as a tool for health care providers to communicate known or potential radiation risks associated with paediatric imaging procedures, to support risk-benefit dialogue in health care settings.

New report: Preventing disease through healthy environments

15 March 2016 | Geneva – An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly one in four of total global deaths, according to new estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

The 138th session of the Executive Board opens

138th session of the Executive Board

The 138th Executive Board convenes in Geneva on 25-30 January 2016 at the headquarters of WHO. On the agenda: WHO reform, health systems, noncommunicable and communicable diseases, promoting health through the life course, and preparedness, surveillance and response to emergencies. Specifically related to health and environment, the Executive Board will discuss the draft roadmap for an enhanced global response to the adverse health effects of air pollution, and the role of the health sector in the sound management of chemicals.

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An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments - nearly one in four of total global deaths. Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

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Global Strategy Overview

Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health.
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