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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Influenza: a Seasonal Disease

Influenza or flu is a common viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. This resource, from the Microbiology Society, gives an overview of the disease, how the infection is transmitted, infection, replication of the virus inside the body, the immune response and how vaccines are developed. It also explores the...

Medicines to Treat Disease

An interactive resource from Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) that illustrates treatments for infectious diseases both past and present, and explains the need to develop new medicines to keep pace with mutation. Students learn about different types of treatments, and also what happens to...

Preventing Heart Disease

This Problem Solving with Industry module was devised by the Centre for Science Education in collaboration with local health promotion groups. In this module the problem is to design an effective campaign or a piece of...

Risk Factors of Disease Workshop

These three activities, from Centre of the Cell, introduce the idea that there are certain factors, called risk factors, which can increase a person’s likelihood of developing a disease. Students learn how scientists use research to determine what the risk factors are for various diseases.

Using data...