• Breastfeeding: a winning goal for life!Breastfeeding: a winning goal for life!

    World Breastfeeding Week runs from 1-7 August and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting how new mums can really benefit from the support of other mothers who have breastfed.

    The theme of this year’s world breastfeeding week is ‘Breastfeeding: A winning goal – for life’ and aims to highlight the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.

  • Ebola virus diseaseEbola virus disease

    Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a rare but severe disease caused by the Ebola virus.

    The present outbreak of EVD in West Africa has highlighted the need for travellers to infected countries to ensure that they have taken all the necessary travel health precautions.

    The Ebola virus is transmitted to people through direct contact with blood or body fluids of symptomatic people or animals, or infected objects. Ebola virus does not transmit through the air as influenza does.

  • 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.

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Welcome

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.

Directorates

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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Breastfeeding: a winning goal for life!

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - News

World Breastfeeding Week runs from 1-7 August and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting how new mums can really benefit from the support of other mothers who have breastfed.

The theme of this year’s world breastfeeding week is ‘Bre...

Are you packing a healthy lunch? (English and Irish)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - Publication

This booklet is designed to improve pupils' nutrition and implement healthier eating and drinking practices. It contains practical tips for parents, carers and children on how to pack an appetising, healthy lunchbox.

Healthy breaks for schools poster (English and translation)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - Publication

Guidance on healthy breaks for schoolchildren. (Translations revised March 2014)

 

 

Healthy breaks for schools leaflet (English and translation)

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - Publication

Guidance on healthy breaks for schoolchildren. (Translations revised March 2014)