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March 2017

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Evolution of WHO air quality guidelines: past, present and future (2017)

This document summarizes key WHO publications in the field of air quality and health since the 1950s, which led to the development of the series of WHO air quality guidelines. It outlines the evolution of the scientific evidence on the health effects of air pollution and of its interpretation, supporting policy and other decision-makers in setting outdoor and indoor air quality management strategies worldwide.

Creating age-friendly environments in Europe. A tool for local policy-makers and planners (2016)

Policies to create more age-friendly environments, in which a growing number of cities and communities, local authorities and regional governments participate, have become a forceful movement in Europe and globally.These policies explore synergies between improving the physical environment of neighbourhoods, transport and housing; increasing respect, social inclusion and community participation; and investing in public services.

Intersectoral action for health – Experiences from small countries in the WHO European Region (2016)

Health and well-being are affected by social, economic and environmental determinants. Intersectoral action can play a crucial role in addressing today’s biggest public health challenges. This report shows how eight small countries, with a population of less than one million, used intersectoral action to address a diverse set of health needs, thus sharing their knowledge on implementing Health 2020.

Pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement reform in Kyrgyzstan (2016)

This report explores the causes of high out-of-pocket (OOP) payments for outpatient medicines in Kyrgyzstan and develops policy recommendations to reduce them. The analysis consisted of a review of current reimbursement mechanisms and an assessment of their ability to protect the Kyrgyz population from high OOP payments.

Training curriculum on invasive mosquitoes and (re-)emerging vector-borne diseases in the WHO European Region (2016)

The WHO European Region has experienced an increase in the spread of invasive mosquitoes since the 1990s. In particular, Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti, both known vectors of arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus, have recently spread across parts of the Region.

Toolkit for assessing health system capacity to manage large influxes of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants (2016)

In recent years, the WHO European Region has seen a marked increase in arrivals of mixed flows of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Their journey to Europe is often long and treacherous, with numerous health and safety risks along the way.

Tackling food marketing to children in a digital world: trans-disciplinary perspectives. Children’s rights, evidence of impact, methodological challenges, regulatory options and policy implications for the WHO European Region (2016)

There is unequivocal evidence that childhood obesity is influenced by marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages high in saturated fat, salt and/or free sugars, and a core recommendation of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity is to reduce children’s exposure to all such marketing.

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