The World Health Organisation (WHO) was founded on 7 April 1948 and is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health.

These resources can be used with secondary-aged students to explore a range of ways in which we can keep healthy, common diseases and their risk factors and treatment, and the importance of lifestyle in determining good health.





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Viral Diseases

These animations from the Wellcome Trust, illustrate that, unable to replicate without using the cellular machinery of more complex organisms, viruses invade and hijack their host's cells, resulting in serious disease.

The animations use the examples of Dengue virus to show how an RNA virus replicates using...

Bacterial Diseases

Bacteria are one of the simplest forms of independent life with no nucleus or membrane bound organelles. These animations, from the Wellcome Trust, show that, despite this apparent simplicity, bacterial diseases pose a profound threat to world health. The animations are suitable as a lesson starter, to introduce...

Spreading Disease

This teamwork-based activity provides a quick introduction to a teacher-led discussion focusing on the spread of disease and the importance of water treatment in preventing epidemics. Students use post-it notes to sort diseases into those that are water-borne and those...

Infectious Diseases - Diseases

Produced by the ABPI, this interactive resource allows students to find out about a range of infectious diseases. Each are clearly explained, with causes and symptoms, and a quiz helps tests students' understanding of the topics covered. Diseases are:

  • Influenza
  • HIV/AIDS...