Reports of trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals in the water cycle have raised concerns amongst various stakeholders such as drinking-water regulators, governments, water suppliers and the public, over potential human health risks from exposure to very low levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking-water.

The WHO has launched a report on health co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the housing sector, the first of a new series of reports on health in the green economy.

World Health Statistics 2011 contains WHO’s annual compilation of health-related data for its 193 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets.

This study explores the link between tobacco use and poverty, as well as the broader relationship between income, tobacco use, and tobacco-related health consequences, using a meta-analysis of existing research literature. The study presents a solid base to support its conclusions of an inverse relationship between income level and tobacco use prevalence, and its related consequences.

Safe and clean drinking-water is an essential element of health security and underpins sustainable socio-economic development. Global climate change, a growing global population, water requirements to support food security and rapid urbanization all contribute to increased water scarcity and compound the challenge of providing safe drinking-water.

The WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011 represents the latest estimate of global mental health resources available to prevent and treat mental disorders and help protect the human rights of people living with these conditions. It presents data from 184 WHO Member States, covering 98% of the world’s population.

This book was produced by the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement as a major collaborative effort involving 50 authors from 15 institutions. The project was coordinated by WHO.

This 2011 update of Guidelines for the programmatic management of drug-resistant tuberculosis is intended as a tool for use by public health professionals working in response to the Sixty-second World Health Assembly’s resolution on prevention and control of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis.

This global annual report covers 106 malaria-endemic countries and highlights continued progress made towards meeting the World Health Assembly (WHA) targets for malaria to be achieved by the end of 2010 and by 2015. Outlines evolving situation of financing for malaria control and how these growing resources have resulted in increased coverage of WHO-recommended malaria control interventions.

This document is intended to provide an overview on why and how adaptation policies should consider the vulnerability of, and new risk elements for, health and environment arising from water services management during adverse weather episodes.