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UNITED NATIONS

H E A L T H O R G A N I Z A T I O N

EXECUTIVE BOARD Second Session

NATIONS UNIES

ORGANISATION MONDIALE DE LA SANTÉ

EB2/43

8 October 1948 ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

HIGH ALTITUDE RESEARCH STATIONS Report by the Director-General

Át its first session the Executive Board decided to refer to the Director-General the proposal of UNESCO to send an expert on medical aspects of high altitudes to the Conference on High Altitude Research Stations which was held at Interlaken 21 August - 3 September 1948 sponsored by UNESCO,

Professor 0, % s s (physiologist) of the Geneva University took part in the Conference on behalf of TOO.

Though no direct reference was made to W 0f its attention was invited to several aspects of high altitude research wnich relate to medicine or public health :

1, Some special pathological states which develop at high altitudes in spite of acclimatization,

Adaptation to altitude changes in travel, Neuro-physical effects of the altitudes, Radiations (cosmic and others),

Slow acclimatization to lower altitudes by people yvho usually live at high altitudes,

Sterility in animals and man,

Standards of health and disease in populations living at high altitudes,

8•’ High altitudes as a curative factor.

In view of the fact that many million people are living at high altitudes厂and many others expose themselves to similar conditions in

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travel, the d evelopment of physiological and medical research in the progrs^rameB of the High Altitude Research Stations is of an international interest and importance.

No definite project has been presented yet, but the Executive Board may wish to instruct the Secretariat to maintain liaison with UNESCO on programmes of research and to explore necessities and

possibilities of including medical aspects in the research programmes of the High Altitude Stations. To this effect further services of the expert will be needed. In this connection the attention of the Board is drawn to the fact that a balance of approximately

极,800

remains from the allocation made by the Health Assembly for participa- tion by ТОЮ in the Interlaken Conference,,

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REGOlfflffiNDATION ' . . If the Board approves the above statement, it may wish to adopt

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a resolution as follows i THE EXECUTIVE.BOARD:

INSTRUCTS the Director-General to continue liaison with UNESCO regarding High Altitude Research Stations in order to study the medioal aspects of such research'

EMPOWERS the Director-General to use for expenditure

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« . . . • ‘ •.. . connected with the above study the balance of the sum allocated by the first Health Assembly for participation by ТШН0 in the

Interlaken Conference

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