News and Events

When Hiroshima speaks, President must listen (Opinion)
May 25, 2016: "Theirs is a message that President Obama needs to hear. For too long, nuclear armed states have talked about these weapons as though they were playing some abstract game of chess. And he needs to listen also to the scientific and medical communities, who are raising the alarm about what modern nuclear arsenals will do."

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."

Fukushima Report: 10,000 excess cancers expected In Japan as a result of 2011 reactor meltdowns, ongoing radiation exposure
Residents of the Fukushima area and the rest of Japan will experience more than 10,000 excess cancer deaths according to a new report from PSR and IPPNW.

Why an emergency response to a nuclear attack is impossible
A new four-minute slide show describes in simple and stark words and images the overwhelming obstacles that would confront first responders following a nuclear attack.

Leading Dutch health professionals warn against the old and new dangers of nuclear weapons.
February 19, 2016: "Therefore we call for prevention: don’t let these weapons of mass destruction be used, either on purpose or by accident. Elimination, as called upon by the UN, is the ultimate preventive measure. A ban on nuclear weapons would be a huge step forward. The Humanitarian Pledge, which is calling for the legal gap for nuclear weapon prohibition and elimination to be filled by such a ban, is already endorsed by 120 countries."

Working paper by Small Arms Survey ansoping strategies to prevent and reduce violence.

"The Risk of Low Dose Radiation" || Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
(60 min video) In addition to summarizing the current health risks, Dr. Angelika Claussen of IPPNW Germany emphasized the need for better data and databases on measuring radiation exposure for all of the contamination clean up workers, evacuees, and any people who are currently living in contaminated zones.

"Can we prevent nuclear war?" || TedxVail
(9 min video) Dr. Ira Helfand on the current dangers of nuclear weapons and how we can collectively eliminate those threats, through the campaigning of ICAN.

Podcast on the Humanitarian Initiative
This hour-long podcast, produced by ICAN, describes the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons and the growing international movement to ban them through a new treaty.

Classroom resource: "Join the conversation on nuclear weapons"
IPPNW's U.S. affiliate PSR, with support from NSquare, held a short film contest to raise awareness about what's at stake if we are complacent about nuclear weapons. And now, the award-winning video is part of TedEd's library of educational modules.

World Medical Association calls on governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons
The General Assembly of the World Medical Association, unanimously adopted a new resolution condemning nuclear weapons, stating that the medical profession has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and urging all governments to work to ban and eliminate them. IPPNW and its affiliates, many of whose members are active in national medical associations, will work to ensure that this resolution is promoted and acted upon as widely as possible.