World Health Day- April 7th 2015

Every year on April 7th, the World Health Organisation (WHO) holds World Health Day in order to promote awareness and drive support for prominent issues in global health.  This year, the aim of this campaign will be to educate the public on food safety, specifically highlighting the importance of employing safe food handling measures from the production stage right up to consumption.

WHO report in their ‘10 Facts on Food Safety’ that over 200 diseases can be caused by contaminated food and water, affecting millions of people annually.  Depending on the contaminant, these can range from diarrhoeal illnesses to cancer and usually pose a greater threat to our most vulnerable populations i.e. small children, the elderly and those with existing health conditions.

The economic and societal effects of food contamination are vast, and are a growing concern in light of increasing antibiotic resistance in various bacteria. It is for these reasons that WHO wish to promote the collaboration of workers and organisations throughout the food production chain, from the local to government level, and communicate the parts they can play in preventing contamination and infection. For more information on the campaign, please follow this link to WHO’s website.

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Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens

I'm a Biology graduate with an interest in human biology, public health and scientific communications. Before beginning in medical communications, I also gained some laboratory work experience in biological control and in molecular neurobiology during and after my degree, respectively. I am hoping this will be a fun way of improving my writing skills and a great way to be informed of the latest scientific news. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!
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