Public Health

Climate Change Will Erode Foundations of Health: WHO Advises Adaptive Changes to Health Systems

Scientists tell us that the evidence the Earth is warming is "unequivocal." Increases in global average air and sea temperature, ice melting and rising global sea levels all help us understand and prepare for the coming challenges.

Swedish Teenagers Help Educate and Empower Female Refugees in Rwanda

Some US$900,000 raised by Swedish teenagers is giving young female refugees in Rwanda the chance to become more independent and to lead productive lives.

WASH Media Award Competition Call for Entries Of Reports on Water Supply, Sanitation or Hygiene

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) are co-sponsoring the second edition of the WASH Media Award competition, to be held between July 2007 and April 2008.

New Web Portal Connects Tropical Disease Research

A Web portal to help people identify and use vital information related to infectious diseases was launched on 30 October, 2007 at Forum 11, the annual meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research.

World Food Programme Helps Pastoralists in Djibouti Recover

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gradually shifting from emergency assistance to Food for Work projects this year for thousands of nomadic herders to lessen the impact of recurrent droughts while improving the nutritional status of the most vulnerable in this country near the tip of the Horn of Africa.

Revised International Health Regulations Imposed to Respond to International Public Health Threats

The world will start implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR) agreed to in 2005. This legally-binding agreement will significantly contribute to international public health security by providing a new framework for the coordination of the management of events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concerns, and will improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats.

'Food force' video game, available for free download in 10 languages, is celebrated in Sweden at Europe’s largest games industry event

As Europe's largest games industry event gets underway in Sweden, “Food Force,” the world's first humanitarian video game for children, is celebrating the launch of three new language versions, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced. 

Path breaking Methods for Improving Water Quality Earn American Professor the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize

Professor McCarty has defined the field of environmental biotechnology that is the basis for small-scale and large-scale pollution control and safe drinking water systems.

New open-source, user-friendly drug combination against malaria welcomed by Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF will start using the fixed dose combinations and replace the use of separate tablets in all of its projects where artesunate and amodiaquine is recommended and where efficacy for this combination remains high.

Anopheles Mosquitoes as Prey: A Predator from East Africa that Chooses Malaria Vectors

All vectors of human malaria, a disease responsible for more than one million deaths per year, are female mosquitoes from the genus Anopheles. Evarcha culicivora is an East African jumping spider (Salticidae) that feeds indirectly on vertebrate blood by selecting blood-carrying female mosquitoes as preferred prey.

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