Healthy Environments for Children Alliance

Healthy Environments for Children Alliance listserv

The Healthy Environments for Children Alliance listserv (HECANET) is an international mailing list dedicated to promoting healthy environments for children. The list provides updates on the activities of the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance (HECA), advocacy tools and information resources, relevant meeting announcements, and reports on technical research and monitoring related to environmental risks to children's health.


29-08-03

  • PAHO/AMRO's Healthy Environments for Children Strategy and Action Plan
  • Healthy Environments for Children in Chile
  • IFCS Forum IV: Recommendations to Prevent Harmful Exposures to Chemicals
  • Healthy School Environments Web Page
  • Online Resource Centre on School Sanitation and Hygiene Education
  • Save Our Sky: There is a Hole Lot More to Do for Our Children

PAHO/AMRO's Healthy Environments for Children Strategy and Action Plan

The Pan-American Health Organization/ WHO Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO/AMRO) has recently published their strategy and action plan for the "Healthy Environments, Healthy Children: A Movement to Achieve Healthy Environments for Children of the Americas". With a vision towards ensuring that children in the region can live, grow, learn and play in an environment supportive of good health, the movement is four-pronged in its approach. The four objectives of the strategy/action plan are: 1) to communicate, educate, and raise awareness; 2) to generate information and report indicators to assess the status of children's environmental health; 3) to promote public policies to protect children's environmental health; and 4) to implement regional and global actions to better protect children from environmental threats. To read the strategy/action plan document in full, please see:
English: http://www.cepis.ops-oms.org/bvsana/fulltext/chelac2en.pdf
Spanish: http://www.cepis.ops-oms.org/bvsana/fulltext/chelac2es.pdf

Healthy Environments for Children in Chile

"Constuyendo Ambientes Saludables para los Niños" (Creating Healthy Environments for Children) was the name of the national campaign launched in Chile on 7 April, World Health Day 2003. Since the campaign's initiation, activities include the following: 1) a competition resulting in the selection, funding, and realization of twelve projects, designed by youth themselves, for improving their home, school, and community environments; 2) leadership training for youth on how to help secure healthy environments for children, carried out in collaboration with Ecoclubes; and 3) an event to mark Inter-American Water Day (4 October), supported by the Red Municipal de Atención Primaria Ambiental. For more information on these activities, please see http://www.who.int/heca/infomaterials/hecanetesfr/en/index1.html (Spanish version only) or contact the PAHO/WHO Chile Office at e-mail@chi.ops-oms.org.

IFCS Forum IV: Recommendations to Prevent Harmful Exposures to Chemicals

In preparation for the Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (Bangkok, Thailand, 1-7 November 2003), the decision document "Protecting Children from Harmful Chemical Exposures" is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish: http://www.who.int/ifcs/Forums/ForumIV/Meet_docs.htm. The document provides an overview of environmental health risks to children, as well as explores chemical hazards and sustainable development, why children are particularly vulnerable to chemicals, chemical exposures and children's health, some chemical substances of concern, international action to protect children from harmful chemical exposures, and what can be done to protect children from harmful chemical exposures. At Forum IV, governments and other stakeholders will agree on actions and partnerships to reduce chemical risks and prevent childhood exposure. The decision paper will be accompanied by a soon-to-be-published in-depth information document.

Healthy School Environments Web Page

The Healthy School Environments page of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Web site serves as a portal to on-line resources on how to protect children from environmental risks in schools. Under "topics", the site provides a wealth of information on diverse environmental risk factors (mold and moisture, ventilation, pest management, lead, mercury, asbestos, among many others). The Healthy School Environments page is intended to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. More information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/schools/index.cfm.

Online Resource Centre on School Sanitation and Hygiene Education

UNICEF and the IRC (International Resource Centre on water supply, sanitation and hygiene) provide an online resource centre on school sanitation and hygiene education. Located at http://www.irc.nl/sshe/index.html, the site features programme updates, "Notes and News on SSHE" (a space for those working on school sanitation and hygiene education to share experiences), articles, papers, resource books, manuals and advocacy materials.

Save Our Sky: There is a Hole Lot More to Do for Our Children

September 16th is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and, this year, the theme of the day is "Save Our Sky: There is a Hole Lot More to Do for Our Children". Advocacy materials for the day emphasize the need to protect children from the adverse effects of UV radiation, which is reaching the earth's surface as a result of ozone layer depletion. Although levels of ozone-depleting substances in the stratosphere now seem to be at or near their peak and the total amount of ozone depleting chemicals in the troposphere is continuing to decline slowly, the ozone layer will remain particularly vulnerable during the next decade or so. Hence, the international community still faces the challenge of ensuring full compliance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer as adjusted and amended. For more information on the day and on how you can become involved, see the site of the Ozone Secretariat at UNEP: http://www.unep.org/ozone/ozone_day2003/.

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