Good news! France just became one of the first countries in the WHO European Region to recommend a colour-coded nutrition labelling system. Evidence from France and elsewhere shows that this type of labelling can help people make healthier food choices. bit.ly/2nUpwbe
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France becomes one of the first countries in Region to recommend colour-coded nutrition labelling system

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A newly launched WHO protocol will help countries to monitor and assess the extent and nature of food marketing to children. Marketing to kids influences food preferences, diet & risk of obesity. Using the protocol provides more info about the types of ads children see and can help inform national policies. bit.ly/2nUjHuo
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Monitoring food and beverage marketing to children via television and the Internet – a new tool for Member States in the WHO European Region

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14 people die every day from diarrhoeal diseases in the WHO European Region, and these deaths are attributed to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. #WorldWaterDay focuses global attention on an issue that will play a pivotal role in the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and leave no one behind. #WASH #SDGs #GlobalGoals bit.ly/2mPfczx
It’s #WorldWaterDay! Access to safely managed water and sanitation services is crucial to achieving and maintaining good health and well-being for all. #WASH #SDGs bit.ly/2mPfczx

World Water Day: good health and managing wastewater go hand-in-hand

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New data released today by WHO/Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control show that new tuberculosis (TB) cases and deaths in the WHO European Region declined each year by 4.3% and 8.5% respectively between 2011 and 2015. However, new TB/HIV co-infections increased by 40% over the same time period. Providing testing to all #TB patients for #HIV and vice versa, together...
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TB/HIV co-infections up 40% across Europe over the last five years

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In 2016, WHO/Europe supported countries in providing people with sustainable access to essential and affordable quality medicines and medical products. Here are some highlights of WHO's technical and policy support: bit.ly/2mad8GG
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Strengthening countries’ pharmaceutical systems: a year in review

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Besieged from all sides, a village situated on the edge of Al-Asad lake in northern #Syria was only accessible by boat. In March 2016, a #measles vaccination team from the Syria Immunization Group decided to attempt to reach the village, despite the danger. They boarded a small boat, carrying with them their immunization equipment. It took a considerable amount of time to travel to the village...
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6 years into the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, hero vaccinators in northern #Syria brave danger to protect children from disease. These courageous health workers take boats when bridges are destroyed. They walk through farmland carrying coolers of vaccines. They provide vaccinations to communities while bombs fall nearby. #HealthForSyria bit.ly/2mrHyzm
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6 years into the conflict, hero vaccinators in northern Syria brave danger to protect children from disease

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“In more than 15 years working in this area, this is the worst situation I have ever seen in Europe. Sometimes I think it must be a bad dream, but there is a tent camp 10 kilometres from my office. So this is not a dream. It is reality.” Apostolos Veizis of Médecins Sans Frontières Greece (MSF)| Γιατροί Χωρίς Σύνορα (ΓΧΣ) offers a first-hand account of life on the front line of the refugee and...
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Apostolos Veizis: On the front line of the refugee and migrant crisis in Greece

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Have experience in data management? Qualified candidates are invited to apply for the position of Technical Officer, Data Management at WHO in Copenhagen, Denmark. The deadline for applications is 8 April 2017. bit.ly/2mKFhU9

Technical Officer

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On #WorldHearingDay, 3 March 2017, WHO/Europe's Dr Jill Farrington addressed members of the Danish Parliament regarding the need for public health action to make listening safe and reduce hearing impairment. WHO was invited to speak in Parliament at an event that included an innovative experiment: health spokespersons from three political parties agreed to go to work with an artificial hearing...
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Danish parliamentarians go to work with a hearing impairment on World Hearing Day 2017

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The 53 countries in the European Region have adopted a new Strategy on women’s health and well-being, which aims to help reduce gender and socioeconomic inequities for women. It is underpinned by the values of Health 2020, the European health policy framework, and supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals linked to gender equity and reducing inequalities. bit.ly/2mXXuhE...
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Strategy on women’s health and well-being in the WHO European Region

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It's #WomensDay! Women of the European Region are vital to the health workforce and carry out most of the unpaid care work that is so crucial to good health and well-being. Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and gender equality relies on unlocking the full potential of women at work. #IWD2017 #SDGs #GlobalGoals bit.ly/2nd6StJ

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International Women’s Day: unlocking the full potential of women at work in the European Region

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Migrant, immigrant, refugee, asylum seeker – these terms are often used interchangeably, as if the specific term makes no difference. Yet for the individual, the label assigned to them can be life-changing and can affect their access to health care. Read more in the latest Health Evidence Network report: bit.ly/2msVywG

What is a migrant? How definitions affect access to health care

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"Everything changes when you are dealing with a group of stranded people, rather than people in transit,” says Apostolos Veizis from Médecins Sans Frontières Greece (MSF)| Γιατροί Χωρίς Σύνορα (ΓΧΣ). “In more than 15 years working in this area, this is the worst situation I have ever seen in Europe.” Read an interview with Apostolos, and about WHO's support: bit.ly/2mqBOto

Since 2012 Greece...
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"Everything changes when you are dealing with a group of stranded people, rather than people in transit,” says Apostolos Veizis from Médecins Sans Frontières Greece (MSF)| Γιατροί Χωρίς Σύνορα (ΓΧΣ). “In more than 15 years working in this area, this is the worst situation I have ever seen in Europe.” Read an interview with Apostolos, and about WHO's support: bit.ly/2mqBOto

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Unaddressed hearing loss poses a high cost for the global economy – $750 billion annually – and has a significant impact on the lives of those affected. Interventions to address hearing loss are available and cost-effective. Prevention, screening for early identification, rehabilitation through hearing devices, captioning and sign language education are among the strategies which can mitigate...
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