Call for Papers: Climate Change and Health Security - A Special Issue of Health Security

 

Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to global health security. A special feature of Health Security will be devoted to climate change and health. The Journal seeks papers that address the wide range of policy, practice, and research issues at the intersection of health and a changing climate.  

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WHO/UNHCR issue new guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies

5 MAY 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Worldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. WHO estimates 5% to 10% of these people suffer from a mental health condition such as depression as a result of the emergency.

FAO to prevent threats to the food chain

This document explains FAO’s multidisciplinary approach in helping countries in the fight against threats to the human food chain. It offers examples of how FAO's supports countries to mitigate risks affecting the food chain. In this context, it draws special attention to information systems, monitoring and early warning systems.

The document can be used to help East African countries develop food control systems, and implement operational protocols that clearly outline the roles, responsibilities and process for early detection, prevention and control of food safety incidents.

ISO Standard to Disaster-Proof Cities Announced at UN Conference

13 March 2015, SENDAI – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes.

The new ISO standard for resilient and sustainable cities – ISO 37120 – is based on 100 indicators which steer and measure the performance of city services and quality of life. It is being implemented by the Toronto-based World Council on City Data (WCCD).

UN Secretary-General: World threatened by dangerous and unacceptable levels of risk from disasters

 

04 March 2015, NEW YORK – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that “growing global inequality, increasing exposure to natural hazards, rapid urbanization and the overconsumption of energy and natural resources threaten to drive risk to dangerous and unpredictable levels with systemic global impacts.” 

Cambodia Case Study

Author: Dr. Sok Touch, MBDS Regional Moderator, Cambodia

Community Resilience to Emerging Infectious Diseases as part of local disaster risk reduction in Cambodia

Emerging diseases pose a most challenging threat to both the health system in the affected countries and the community at large especially when pandemic becomes a disaster. To cope with this situation, health and community system need to be reoriented to deal with a specific situation while being better prepared for similar threats or foreseeable conditions in the future.

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