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Activity of World Health Organization for population protection from threat against biological and chemical weapons use

Annotation

The analysis of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) activities aimed at civil protection against biological and chemical weapons is considered. The WHO’s efforts to prevent the use of biological and chemical agents, as well as retaliatory measures in case of a chemical or biological assault is analyzed. The WHO’s contribution to prohibition of these types of mass destruction weapons is identified. Particular attention is paid to the WHO’s role in investigation of the facts of biological weapons use and in control of the Biological Weapons Convention implementation. A focus is maid on reviewing the organization’s commission in surveillance, detection, diagnosis and combating of infectious diseases as a result of the biological agents use. The collaboration of the World Health Organization with the UN institutes and non-state organizations of the civil protection issues against biological or chemical weapons is also examined. It is emphasized that the WHO made a significant contribution to investigation of the chemical agents use in Syria in August 2013.

Keywords

World Health Organization; Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; chemical weapons; biological weapons; public health; Syrian crisis.

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327.7

Pages

105-110

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Received

2014-07-18

Section of issue

Development of modern society and problems of globalization

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