Eliminate lead paint – international call for action 2014

The second International Lead Prevention Awareness Week will take place 19-25 October 2014. During the week, countries around the world will draw attention to the hazards to human health and particularly the impact of lead exposure on the intellectual development of young children.

WHO is working together with the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP ) to stop the practice of adding lead pigments and other lead compounds to paint - particularly paint used for decorative purpose and in situations where young children can be exposed e.g. schools, homes, playgrounds and on toys and other childhood equipment.

Bangladesh tackles rabies through mass dog vaccination

Thousands of people die from rabies each year, mostly in Africa and Asia. Children under age 15 are particularly vulnerable, accounting for 4 out of every 10 rabies-related deaths.

Bangladesh’s canine vaccination programme aims to break the cycle of rabies transmission from dogs to humans.

World Heart Day 2014: salt reduction saves lives

World Heart Day 2014
Nawal Al Hamad

27 September 2014: On World Heart Day, 29 September, WHO is calling on countries to decrease the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives.

First ever Syphilis Screening Programme for Pregnant Women launched in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste has now joined the 10 other countries in the WHO South East Asia region, by launching the country’s first ever “Syphilis Screening Programme for Pregnant Women.”

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