Air pollution from both outdoor and indoor sources represents the single largest environmental risk to health globally. WHO estimates that air pollution exposure was linked to more than 6 million premature deaths in 2012.

For nearly 6 decades, WHO has demonstrated its commitment to this public health issue by publishing a series of air quality guidelines, and a new publication summarizes the...
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Member States are invited to propose candidates for the WHO Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee (IEOAC), as the terms of 3 of its members will expire in January 2018. The IEOAC consists of 5 positions, with individuals serving 4-year terms. The deadline for submission is 28 February 2017. Learn more about the IEOAC and how to propose a candidate here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Member States invited to propose candidates for the WHO Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee

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Today is #WorldCancerDay. The #cancer burden continues to grow in the WHO European Region. Despite some efforts made in prevention, early detection and treatment, cancer mortality increased by 6.6% between 2000 and 2015 across the Region. However, during the same period, some countries managed to reduce cancer mortality, illustrating that it is possible. World Health Organization (WHO) has...
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A large shipment of WHO interagency emergency health kits is on its way to help meet immediate health needs in response to the recent intensification of fighting and shelling in the eastern part of #Ukraine. Thousands of civilians are living in subzero temperatures and many others are injured and urgently in need of life-saving medical care. The emergency health kits will address the health...
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Countries in the WHO European Region continue to gain ground in efforts to eliminate measles and rubella. A new report concludes that 37 of the 53 Member States in the Region (70%) have interrupted endemic measles transmission as of the end of 2015, and 35 of them (66%) have also interrupted endemic rubella transmission. Of these countries, 27 sustained interruption for at least 36 months and...
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“Children have the right to grow up in a clean and safe environment. They have the right to be protected from exploitation.” This clip is taken from a short play titled “Exposing myths about tobacco”, which imagines what a conversation between a smoker, the tobacco industry and a public health champion might sound like. WHO/Europe has developed a new Tobacco Control Playbook, an online tool...
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WHO/Europe provided the case for this year’s Global Health Case Challenge, an annual event hosted by the Copenhagen School of Global Health, EIT Health and SUND Hub. The case asked students to consider the following question: How can availability, uptake and usage of rapid diagnostic tools such as point-of-care tests be improved to facilitate responsible use of antibiotics in primary care? The...
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As cold temperatures continue across the WHO European Region, conditions worsen for those in the most vulnerable situations, including #refugees and #migrants stranded in countries. Representatives of WHO/Europe have visited the informal settlements near the central station in Belgrade, Serbia, where around 1200 refugees and migrants currently live. The international community and aid...
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“It is very hard when you want to quit and see everybody around you smoking, see the thing you want to quit displayed all around you. You are constantly reminded of it, offered it day and night.” This clip is taken from a short play titled “Exposing myths about tobacco”, which imagines what a conversation between a smoker, the tobacco industry and a public health champion might sound like....
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Interested in joining the WHO/Europe team? We are looking for qualified candidates for the position of Senior Advisor, Design and Organization of Services (P5) in the Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Deadline for applications is 5 February 2017. [ Bit.ly Link ]

WHO e-Recruit - Senior Advisor, Design and Organization of Services - Kazakhstan (EURO/17/FT25)

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“Having a smoking section anywhere is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool. There is no safe level of second-hand smoke.” This clip is taken from a short play titled “Exposing myths about tobacco”, which imagines what a conversation between a smoker, the tobacco industry and a public health champion might sound like. WHO/Europe has developed a new Tobacco Control Playbook, an online...
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“When you buy cigarettes, you are buying a pack of lies.” This clip is taken from a short play titled “Exposing myths about tobacco”, which imagines what a conversation between a smoker, the tobacco industry and a public health champion might sound like. WHO/Europe has developed a new Tobacco Control Playbook, an online tool that equips policy-makers and the general public alike with the facts...
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The tobacco industry has become more focused, aggressive and sophisticated in its efforts to block tobacco control measures. However, no single source has yet provided the resources to understand how governments and the public health community can respond to the arguments of tobacco industry players. In light of this, WHO/Europe developed the Tobacco Control Playbook, an online tool that...
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Are you an experienced public health or health policy professional looking for an interesting new opportunity? Qualified candidates are invited to apply for an open position as a Policy Adviser in Kyrgyzstan, working with both the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan. The application deadline is 5 February 2017.
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WHO e-Recruit - Policy Adviser - Kyrgyzstan (EURO/17/FT18)

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Much of the WHO European Region has been hit by cold, icy weather. Deaths due to the cold have been reported in several countries. Here is some helpful information about what the public can do to reduce health risks of cold weather: [ Bit.ly Link ]
From 15–23 December, more than 36 086 people were successfully evacuated from eastern Aleppo. WHO supported the implementation of the medical evacuation plan of critically ill and injured residents, along with accompanying family members, from eastern Aleppo. WHO and Turkey health cluster partners mobilized more than 156 ambulances for patient transportation and medical triage was established...
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Take a look at the year in review: achievements, progress & important stories that spurred WHO/Europe and Member States to take urgent action on health issues [ Bit.ly Link ] #2016inreview Photo credit: WHO/Igor Vrabie
Are you interested in joining our IT team in Copenhagen? Applications from qualified candidates are invited for the positions of Information Technology Officer bit.ly/2hgehdr (Deadline 8 January 2017) and ICT Specialist bit.ly/2hddcRU (2 positions, deadline 22 January 2017). For all WHO vacancies, please check out [ Who.int Link ]

WHO e-Recruit - Information Technology Officer (EURO/16/FT786)

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Please join us in welcoming baby Tasnim. Born on 19 December, Tasnim is the first baby born following the evacuation of eastern #Aleppo. She was born in a clinic supported by the WHO Country Office in Turkey through its essential supply line in northern #Syria. She weighed in at 3.5 kg and made plenty of noise in the clinic – a welcome sound of new life. Both Tasnim and her mother are in good...
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