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Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviours. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments. This definition excludes behaviour not related to environment, as well as behaviour related to the social and cultural environment, and genetics.

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Dermal ExposureDermal Exposure cover



This Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) aims to provide information to national regulatory authorities to assist in conducting health risk assessments and managing the risk involving dermal exposure to chemicals.




Dermal Exposure

Regional Strategy for Protecting Health from Climate ChangeRegional Strategy for Protecting Health from Climate Change cover



This Regional Strategy for Protecting Health from Climate Change has been developed to fulfil the decisions taken at the twenty-fifth, twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh Meetings of Ministers of Health of the Member States of the South-East Asia Region held in Thimphu, Bhutan in 2007; in New Delhi, India in 2008, and in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2009.



Protecting Health from Climate ChangeProtecting Health from Climate Change shortcut



This document is the result of the process of strengthening key health system functions and improved management of the risks presented by a changing climate. It is intended not as a final, definitive guide but as an important part of an evolving set of resources that will support effective and evidence-based action to protect health from climate change.


Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. Manual for the ParticipantHousehold Water Treatment and Safe Storage. Manual for the Participant shortcut



This training material is targeted primarily at government officials, with the view that training workshops should be part of a national plan for the support and scale-up of HWTS.





Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. Manual for the TrainerHousehold Water Treatment and Safe Storage. Manual for the Trainer shortcut



These training materials are made up of a Trainer Manual, which provides guidance on planning workshops, selecting trainers and participants, logistic arrangements, and other preparations for workshops. Lesson plans are also provided in the Trainer Manual, with guidance on participatory approaches and the use of the PowerPoint presentations that are included. A Participant Manual with five modules is also included.


Energy: Shared Interest in Sustainable Development and Energy ServicesEnergy: Shared Interest in Sustainable Development and Energy Services shortcut



This briefing describes the energy sector, its public policy challenges, how the sectors try to address these challenges, and areas for potential collaboration between health and energy.





Research Priorities for the Environment, Agriculture and Infectious Diseases of PovertyResearch Priorities for the Environment, Agriculture and Infectious Diseases of Poverty shortcut



This report reviews the connections between environmental change, modern agricultural practices and the occurrence of infectious diseases - especially those of poverty- and proposes a methodology that can be used to prioritize research on such diseases.



Atlas of Health and ClimateAtlas of Health and Climate shortcut



The Atlas of Health and cCimate is a product of a unique collaboration between the meteorological and public health communities.





Atlas of Health and Climate

Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather EventsGuidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events shortcut



This publication describes how adaptation policies should consider the new risks from extreme weather events, how vulnerabilities can be identified and which management procedures can be applied to ensure sustained protection of health.





Health in the Green EconomyHealth in the Green Economy shortcut



Many strategies to reduce climate change have large, immediate health benefits, while others may pose health risks or tradeoffs. Examined systematically, a powerful new dimension of measures to address climate change emerges.





Health in the Green Economy