Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health
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.
19 November 2017 - Safely managed sanitation and safe use of wastewater and excreta are fundamental to protecting public health.
Join the global campaign for World Toilet Day by downloading a sharing campaign materials and organizing an event.
Learn more from WHO factsheets, videos and tools on sanitation wastewater and health:
- SDG monitoring
- Sanitation Safety Planning
- Antibiotic resistance
- Neglected tropical diseases
- Diarrhoeal disease
6-17 November 2017, Bonn. The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marked the beginning of a new era in the global response to climate change. At this year’s Climate Change Conference, Health will be a key theme. Among cross-sectoral events which will feature health throughout the conference, there will be a high-level event addressing “Health Actions for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement” on November 12th 2017.
- More about COP 23
- Draft initiative
- News release: Special initiative to address climate change impact on health in Small Island Developing States
- Climate change and its impact on health on small island developing states (photo story)
- News release: UN Climate Change and WHO Team Up to Protect Health from Climate Change at COP23
- WHO and UNEP blog on Climate change
9 November 2017 -- Air pollution is the biggest and most pressing environmental threat to health. Globally, it is responsible for 1 in 9 premature deaths causing cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive respiratory diseases, lung cancer in adults and acute lower respiratory tract infections in children under- five. In WHO South-East Asia Region most cities are breathing air far in excess of WHO Guideline levels and many households are exposed to unacceptable levels of household air pollution.
7 November 2017 - WHO has produced the policy brief “Keeping the vector out: housing improvements for vector control and sustainable development” that contributes to recognize the importance of integrated approaches of vector control and aiming at highlighting effective housing interventions to prevent vector-borne diseases.
22-28 October 2017 marks the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of action, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint. Lead poisoning is preventable, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation lead exposure accounted for 494 550 deaths and 9.3 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) due to long-term effects on health, with the highest burden in developing regions. Of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children. Even though there is wide recognition of this problem and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide.
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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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- BreatheLife campaign: protecting health and the climate by improving air quality
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