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

Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health (PHE) during the 69th World Health Assembly

World Health Assembly plenary with delegates

The 69th World Health Assembly will be held from 23-28th May in Geneva. Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health topics to be discussed and events which will take place at the World Health Assembly include:
- Draft road map for an enhanced global response to the adverse health effects of air pollution (A69/18)
- Resolution on Role of the health sector in the sound management of chemicals (A69/19)
- Seven side events on Climate change and Health; Health in All Policies and Social Determinants of Health; Air pollution; and Water and Sanitation. (Full details below)

New update of WHO Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database

12 May 2016 -- This updated database contains results of urban outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 3000 cities in 103 countries. Air quality is represented by annual mean concentration of fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5, i.e. particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 microns).

The database aims to be representative for human exposure, and therefore primarily captures measurements from monitoring stations located in urban background, urban traffic, residential, commercial and mixed areas.

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.

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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.