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WHO podcast episodes 2009


  • Do lifestyle changes improve health?
    9 January 2009 -- Can lifestyle changes really improve people's health? In this episode we look at the evidence from new research.
  • Impact of financial crisis on global health
    20 January 2009 -- The financial and economic crisis is in the news everywhere. What kind of impact can it have on global health? We bring you some views from the health sector.
  • Prevent cancer through healthy, active childhood
    6 February 2009 -- On the occasion of World Cancer Day this week, this episode looks at how an active healthy childhood can prevent cancer later in life.
  • Prevent cancer through healthy, active childhood
    6 February 2009 -- On the occasion of World Cancer Day this week, this episode looks at how an active healthy childhood can prevent cancer later in life.
  • Teenage pregnancies cause many health, social problems
    13 February 2009 -- About 16 million teenage girls become mothers every year. In this episode we talk about the risks and consequences of teenage pregnancies.
  • Access to health care difficult for people with disabilities
    20 February 2009 -- People with disabilities make up more than 10% of the world's population. In this episode we find out the challenges they face while trying to get health care services.
  • Engage men in ending violence against women
    6 March 2009 -- Domestic violence has a big impact on women's health, both physical and mental. In this episode we find out how men can be engaged to end such violence.
  • Dengue epidemic in Bolivia: how dengue can be prevented
    13 March 2009 -- Bolivia is currently suffering one of its worst dengue epidemics in decades. In this episode, we find out the current situation there and how dengue can be prevented.
  • Condoms an important form of protection from HIV
    25 March 2009 -- Do condoms help in the prevention of HIV/AIDS transmission? We find out in this episode.
  • Growing drug resistance of TB a major concern
    3 April 2009 -- This week, in the Chinese capital of Beijing, health leaders gathered to discuss the threat of the new forms of tuberculosis that are resistant to drugs.
  • Save lives: make hospitals safe in emergencies
    7 April 2009 -- WHO has launched a campaign to make hospitals and other health facilities safe in emergencies. In this episode, we examine what the issue is.
  • Meningitis epidemic currently sweeping through sub-Saharan Africa
    21 April 2009 -- Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the thin lining that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. It is epidemic prone, and this episode discusses the transmission of the disease and its symptoms.
  • WHO marks World Malaria Day on 25 April
    25 April 2009 -- In this episode, as we mark World Malaria Day on 25 April, we look at what needs to be done in all endemic regions to control, eliminate and ultimately eradicate malaria.
  • World Health Assembly meets amid concerns about flu pandemic
    28 May 2009 -- The 62nd session of the World Health Assembly took place in Geneva in the middle of concerns about an influenza pandemic.
  • Tobacco packages must display pictorial warnings
    2 June 2009 -- WHO is urging that governments require tobacco companies to put pictures on their products to make people aware of the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use.
  • Persons with disabilities particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS
    10 June 2009 -- About 10% of the world’s population have a disability. In this episode, we look at why they are particularly vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.
  • First report on global road safety published
    24 June 2009 -- Road traffic crashes around the world take the lives of 1.2 million people every year. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are most at risk, finds the first global assessment of road safety.
  • Health services under siege in northwest Pakistan
    9 July 2009 -- Two million people have been displaced by the conflict in northwest Pakistan, putting the region's health services under siege. In this episode, we report on how WHO and its partners in Pakistan are facing the challenge.
  • Progress to help eliminate river blindness
    22 July 2009 - Drug studies are showing that treatment for onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, could help to eliminate this debilitating skin disease. River blindness affects 37 million people, mostly living in poor, rural African communities.
  • The importance of breastfeeding during emergencies
    4 August 2009 - This year the focus of World Breastfeeding Week is on the importance of breastfeeding during emergencies such as war or natural disasters. Emergencies jeopardize the health and survival of large populations, with infants being the most vulnerable. But breastfeeding in emergency situations can be a lifesaver.
  • First World Humanitarian Day celebrated
    18 August 2009 -- For the first ever World Humanitarian Day, this podcast focuses on how WHO works in the world's most dangerous regions to save lives.
  • Conflict, flooding pose health risks in the Philippines
    7 September 2009 -- Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines have been displaced and face multiple health risks. In this episode we look at how WHO is working to respond to the enormous health challenges they face.
  • Suicide risk high for young people
    15 September 2009 -- A recent WHO study shows that young people are often at risk, and that suicide is the second largest cause of mortality in the 10-24 age group. However, there are different risk factors in different cultures.
  • Progress in preventing violence
    21 September 2009 -- Violence kills as many people as tuberculosis and approximately one and a half times as many people as malaria. In this episode, we look at the magnitude of the problem and what some countries are doing to prevent violence.
  • Progress report on the fight against HIV/AIDS
    2 October 2009 -- More than four million HIV-positive people are now receiving life-saving treatment. In this episode we look at a new report that shows progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as some of the challenges that lie ahead.
  • Providing health care in times of crisis
    14 October 2009 -- To mark the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction, we look at why hospitals must be ready to provide health care in times of crisis.
  • Raising awareness about breast cancer
    30 October 2009 -- October is Breast cancer awareness month and in this episode we look at how a disease once considered a close companion of affluent societies has moved to the developing world.
  • Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda
    18 November 2009 -- A new report recently launched - Women and health: today's evidence tomorrow's agenda - provides a baseline of data about the health of women and girls throughout the life-course, in different parts of the world, and in different groups within countries.
  • 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
    20 November 2009 -- The Convention is the key piece of international law for the protection and fulfilment of the health, developmental, social, economic, and cultural needs of all children. WHO uses the Convention and works with countries to get the right laws and policies in place so that all children get the food they need, the right treatment when they get sick, and grow up to be healthy adults.
  • Implementing smoke-free environments
    11 December 2009 -- This episode focuses on the damage caused by second-hand smoke, and what some countries are doing to mitigate its harmful effects.
  • Climate change and the implications on human health
    18 December 2009 -- We now know that climate change aggravates health problems, most of which are concentrated in the developing world. This episode discusses the impact on human health of climate change.
  • Successes and challenges of 2009
    30 December 2009 -- The headline that dominated the year was easily the H1N1 pandemic. On 11 June, 2009, WHO declared the start of the first influenza pandemic since 1968. In this episode we listen to WHO's Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, discuss the successes and challenges of 2009.

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