• World Hepatitis Day call to get testedWorld Hepatitis Day call to get tested

    To mark World Hepatitis Day today, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people who think they may be at risk from hepatitis B or C infection to get tested.

    Viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people worldwide each year. That’s as many people as HIV/ AIDS. Although hepatitis is not common in Northern Ireland, it is very common in other parts of the world, with an estimated 400 million people living with chronic hepatitis B and C worldwide.

  • Don’t sizzle in the sun this summerDon’t sizzle in the sun this summer

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) says that the only thing that should be sizzling this summer is the food on your barbecue as it urges people to enjoy the great weather safely.

    The unpredictability of our summers can lead to many people thinking that they will not get sunburn in such a changeable climate. However, the majority of the population have fair skin, which provides little protection against the sun, so even a small amount of exposure can do damage.

  • Take 'pride' in diversityTake 'pride' in diversity

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) will be celebrating diversity and providing information on health issues that impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people and their families at this year’s Belfast Pride Festival.

    Belfast Pride Festival offers us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate diversity and help raise awareness of the particular health issues faced by the LGB&T community.

  • PHA highlights the importance of stopping smoking during pregnancyPHA highlights the importance of stopping smoking during pregnancy

    Smoking during pregnancy is the largest preventable cause of ill-health and death in young babies and infants.

    Statistics from the 2010 Infant Feeding Survey show that in Northern Ireland 28% of mothers smoked in the 12 months before pregnancy. It is encouraging that of those mothers who smoked before or during pregnancy, approximately half gave up at some point before the birth of their baby. Sadly, 15% didn’t stop and continued to smoke during pregnancy [see reference].

  • Remember to wash your hands after visiting the farmRemember to wash your hands after visiting the farm

    Now that schools are finished for the summer and parents are thinking of activities to keep their children entertained, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding families about the importance of washing hands after visiting the farm.

    All animals naturally carry a range of organisms, some of which can be transmitted to people. Some organisms which may be contracted on farms present a serious hazard and can potentially cause severe infection, particularly in young children.

    To reduce the risk of illness, both adults and children should wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water after they have handled animals or touched surfaces at the farm and always before eating or drinking.

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The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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Your activity record book

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - Publication

This fun physical activity record book outlines the recommended physical activity guidelines for children aged 5 to 18 and includes an easy way for children to keep track of how much physical activity they are getting.

World Hepatitis Day call to get tested

Monday, 28 July 2014 - 12:28pm - News

To mark World Hepatitis Day today, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people who think they may be at risk from hepatitis B or C infection to get tested.

Viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people worldwide each year. That’s as many...

Don’t sizzle in the sun this summer

Friday, 25 July 2014 - 1:44pm - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) says that the only thing that should be sizzling this summer is the food on your barbecue as it urges people to enjoy the great weather safely.

The unpredictability of our summers can lead to many people thin...

Take 'pride' in diversity

Friday, 25 July 2014 - 12:49pm - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) will be celebrating diversity and providing information on health issues that impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people and their families at this year’s Belfast Pride Festival....