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Older adultsGlobal life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors affecting health — childhood underweight, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure, according to a report published by WHO.

{mosMiniYT}QRFpUxJxcoE,l,{/mosMiniYT}Chinese martial artist, wushu champion and actor Jet Li, who is a Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization, recorded a Public Service Announcement on Safe Hospitals, on accasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction, celebrated October 14. This year, International Day for Disaster Reduction was dedicated to the need to make "Hospitals Safe from Disasters."

Children washing their handsTo celebrate Global Handwashing Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is inviting schoolchildren from all the countries of the Americas to establish a Guinness World Record for the number of students who wash their hands with soap and water at noon on 15 October 2009.

Health workerExperts from around the Americas met in Venezuela to share experiences, information and tools to improve the health and safety of health workers in the Region. Health care  jobs are among the most hazardous, along with jobs in agriculture and construction, because of exposition to a variety of biological, chemical, physical, and psychosocial hazards.

The most prominent members of PAHO's Communities of Practice on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 will be selected based on the quality of interaction and participation, with special emphasis on informative, innovative, and valuable contributions to the discussion topics in the forums. The quality of interaction within the community will also be a factor in the selection process.