WHO/Europe launches new podcast in Russian on the hottest health topics

“The WHO How” (“ВОЗ рекомендует” in Russian) is a new podcast from WHO/Europe. It is specifically tailored to the interests of Russian speakers in the large and diverse WHO European Region. The purpose of the podcast is to explain in simple terms where public health recommendations come from and what an individual can do to stay healthy.

The first episode of the podcast, available on multiple podcast platforms, focuses on the importance of creating smoke-free environments. It includes a discussion with technical experts from WHO/Europe as well as success stories from different countries in the Region. Download and subscribe to the podcast by following the links on the podcast homepage below.

Focus on non-communicable diseases

The first season of the podcast is dedicated to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and mental health issues) – a relatively small group of health conditions that is responsible for much of the disease burden in the country. European region.

Of the 6 WHO regions, the European Region is the most affected by NCDs. However, many of these diseases are preventable and are linked by common risk factors – tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and high blood pressure. The harms of smoking and alcohol consumption, as well as the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity will therefore be key topics highlighted in the podcast.

An overview of WHO’s work

WHO/Europe promotes a holistic approach to tackling noncommunicable diseases and aims to help countries implement effective programs and address risk factors. Podcast episodes will explain how WHO/Europe develops recommendations, norms and standards, guidance and public health tools.

Actions to promote health and well-being in the countries of the Region are an integral part of the European Work Program 2020-2025 – “United action for better health in Europe”. The podcast series will help promote health and well-being in Russian-speaking countries by raising awareness of nationally important health issues.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb