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Updated Medical Peace Work teaching cases
Created by IPPNW Norway and IPPNW Germany, the audio-visual teaching cases encompass some of the key concepts, opportunities and dilemmas in the peace health field.

Belgian health personnel in open letter: "Nuclear weapons should never be used"
There are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. The indisputable evidence on the medical, environmental, and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear war was presented at three international state conferences in Oslo, Nayarit, and Vienna, and was taken up again at the recently concluded UN Open-Ended Working Group taking forward multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament (OEWG).

Dutch award presented to IPPNW physician for lifetime of scientific work on nuclear disarmament
During a recent symposium in Amsterdam, Dr. Ira Helfand was awarded the prestigious, Dr. Jo Verdoorn Prize for his work in the field of nuclear disarmament. "The accompanying grant will be forwarded to IPPNW according to Dr. Helfand’s wishes, setting again an example to us all," said co-chairs NVMP (IPPNW Netherlands), Drs. Peter Buijs and Herman Spanjaard.

Norwegian Medical Appeal gaining momentum
Inspired by the 2015 Dutch Medical Appeal, Norwegian Physicians against Nuclear Weapons (NLA) launched a Norwegian Medical Appeal. Prominent health professionals who have endorsed this appeal include, the President and Chairman of the Norwegian Medical Association.

A passionate abolitionist turns 100
Dr. Jim Yamazaki: “Every decision-maker, every citizen, needs to know the human cost of nuclear warfare. I want no mistakes. I want no decisions that ignore the very particular vulnerability of children, and through the children, the vulnerability of the future of all of us.”

Discussing peace, health, and nuclear weapons in the UK
Save the date: The joint MEDACT Forum and IPPNW World Congress will be held September 3-7, 2017 at the University of York, United Kingdom.

Global health federations issue collective appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons
IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff: "The fact that we are now coming together to demand action on disarmament is unprecendented and raises a loud alarm about the unacceptable danger a handful of states are imposing on the entire world. We have a professional obligation to prevent what we cannot cure or treat."