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 ]

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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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Over one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2015, while 2016 has become the deadliest year ever for these travellers – more than 4700 people have been found dead or are reported missing at sea, so far. Today, on #InternationalMigrantsDay, WHO/Europe remembers the lives lost and encourages the European Region to stand #Together #ForMigration. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Over one million refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by sea in 2015, while 2016 has become the deadliest year ever for these travellers – more than 4700 people have been found dead or are reported missing at sea, so far. Sudden and large influxes of #refugees and #migrants can disrupt entire health systems in countries, if they are not adequately prepared. WHO/Europe, with support from the...
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Do you know what your child sees online? In the absence of effective regulation of digital media, children are increasingly exposed to persuasive, individually tailored marketing of unhealthy foods. This trend persists, despite the fact that stubbornly high rates of childhood obesity are found throughout the WHO European Region. A recent WHO/Europe report calls for urgent action to protect...
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Today – on Universal Health Coverage Day – WHO/Europe reaffirms its commitment to supporting countries in building efficient health systems that provide access to quality care for all without financial hardship. Countries have placed #UHC at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs.

How much do YOU know about UHC and financial protection in the European Region? Take this quiz to...
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Representatives from more than 40 countries, along with experts and representatives from civil society, met in Paris this week to discuss how different sectors can come together and collaborate to improve health and well-bring for children and adolescents across the European Region. The conference was organized by WHO/Europe and hosted by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of France....
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