Recent news from WHO



• WHO convened a conference in Damascus with the governments of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and the Syrian Arab Republic on 29-30 July aimed at ensuring health care is provided to the more than 2 million displaced Iraqis living in neighbouring countries since the war in Iraq began in 2003.

• WHO, on 27 July, released the first ever report highlighting children's special susceptibility to harmful chemical exposures at different periods of growth. This new volume of the Environmental Health Criteria series, Principles for evaluating health risks in children associated with exposure to chemicals, is available at: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2006/924157237X_eng.pdf

• WHO announced on 25 July that it was expanding its clinical trial registry platform to include trial registers from China and India.

• The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WHO, on 19 July, urged all countries to strengthen their food safety systems, and to be far more vigilant with food producers and traders in light of recent food safety incidents.

For more about these and other WHO news items please see: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2007/en/index.html

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