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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.


In new estimates released on 25 March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that around 7 million people, including around 400 000 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, died prematurely...

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HRH Prince Hassan Bin Talal's visit to CEHA

HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal visited the Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA) to attend a lecture with graduate students from Harvard University at the WHO premises on 23...

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National lead elimination campaign, 20–26 October 2013, Amman, Jordan

As part of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint and the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, 20–26 October 2013, Jordan conducted an effective campaign this week to...

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

Arabic technical note thumbnailThese illustrated technical notes in Arabic have been prepared to assist those working immediately...

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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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Wastewater reuse project signing ceremony with the University of Jordan

On 20 November 2013,  a ceremony took place to sign the contract for a new wastewater reuse project in Jordan. The project contract was awarded to the University of Jordan based on a...

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A regional workshop on environmental health in health care facilities with special focus on medical waste was organized by the World Health Organization Regional Centre for Environmental Health Action in...

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