Regional Centre for Environmental Health Action

Centre for Environmental Health Activities building in JordanThe building housing WHO's country office in Ammam, Jordan, was the first building in the Region to be awarded LEED certificationThe Centre for Environmental Health Action (CEHA) is a specialized WHO centre for environmental health. It was established in 1985 to promote environmental health through building national capacity and strengthening environmental health programmes in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

CEHA provides technical support to Member States in improving environmental health by:

  • developing and disseminating guides and tools to protect health and the environment
  • building the capacity of environmental health agencies to provide effective environmental health services
  • improving access to reliable and relevant environmental health information and databases
  • enhancing the awareness of decision-makers, stakeholders and the public about health and environment linkages, problems and solutions
  • increases awareness of climate change and its impact on health
  • promoting and piloting appropriate and healthy environmental technologies.


30 March 2015 – In collaboration with the University of Jordan, WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Action (CEHA) convened a national workshop on 21 March 2015 on the safe...

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17 March 2015 - The WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Action (WHO/CEHA) with Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) convened a workshop on Health and Climate Change at...

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New WHO guidelines for indoor air quality

14 November 2014 – WHO recommendations, released today, highlight the dangers of burning fuels such as unprocessed coal and kerosene in the home, and set targets for reducing emissions of...

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In focus

Arabized WHO technical notes on drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene in emergencies

These illustrated technical notes in Arabic have been prepared to assist those working immediately or shortly after an emergency to plan appropriate responses to the urgent and...

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Toxic chemicals may be deliberately released with the intention of causing injury, panic and death in a target population. What to do if you are inside a...

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22 September 2015 -- The WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Action held a 3-day expert meeting on water scarcity and health in Amman, Jordan, from 15 to 16 September...

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Meeting on implementation of regional strategy on health and the environment and regional consultation on air quality and health

8 December 2014 – The objective of the regional strategy on health and the environment and plan of action 2014–2019 is to support countries of the Region in their multisectoral...

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Statistics and figures

19%–25% of the burden of disease in the Region is linked to environmental factors.

The annual cost of damage to health and quality of life due to environmental degradation is estimated to be 1.8% to 3.4% of gross domestic product.

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