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Climate change is a pressing international health issues that knows no borders. Not enough is being done to reduce the rate of climate change, and we must do more to highlight this as a public health issue. If not, countries around the world (especially low- and middle-income countries) will suffer from new or worse health outcomes, undoing years of progress made in international development. The WFPHA is proud to be an Initial Endorser of the 'Call to Action on Climate and Health' (written by the Global Climate and Health Forum), which prioritizes for environmental and public health actions and calls upon those in the healthcare field to do more.

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Sign-on as endorser: https://www.globalclimateandhealthforum.org/call-to-action/

Oral diseases are a neglected epidemic as almost everyone is affected. Although most oral diseases are preventable and have common risk factors with other non-communicable diseases, integration of oral health into public health systems is still limited. The Global Charter for the Public’s Health, developed by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), is a framework that aims to streamline the functions and services of public health. This policy statement describes how oral health can be integrated into public health systems using the components of the Global Charter for the Public’s Health framework. Additionally, it is an international call to action for all public health professionals in all countries of the world to advocate for the full integration of oral health into public health systems.

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Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring minerals with fibrous structures, used in construction work and other industries. In 1972, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), concluded that lung cancer and mesotheliomas were induced in laboratory animals when asbestos was injected or inhaled. Fifteen years later, the same group classified asbestos as IARC Group 1, carcinogenic to humans. Recent estimates suggest that each year asbestos-related diseases accounted for 41,000 lung cancer deaths, 43,000- 59,000 cases of mesothelioma, and 7,000-24,000 cases of asbestosis. These numbers are expected to increase in the future, given the latency period between exposure and symptoms. This is a renewed call for global action to ban asbestos, in order to avoid further exposure and consecutive morbidities and deaths.

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The WFPHA commends the Public Health Association of Israel and in general the public health community, human rights NGOs and civic society for providing emergency and medical assistance to people in need, regardless of their nationality, and for its ongoing efforts to ensure that the human rights of all people are protected. . It also calls upon the WHO to increase its assistance to multilateral agencies and non-state organizations that provide health services to Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank. The WFPHA calls upon the United Nations to ensure the protection of the human rights of all people, to encourage the relevant stakeholders to return to the negotiating table, and to increase its efforts to bring a just resolution to the Middle East conflicts and the needs of people living in desperate conditions in Gaza.

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