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.


06-06-03

  • Information Session on HECA in Washington, D.C., USA, 10 June 2003
  • Pledge of Commitment to Healthy Environments for Children
  • World Environment Day 2003
  • WHA Endorsement of New Strategy on Child and Adolescent Health
  • INCHES Updates

Information Session on HECA in Washington, D.C., USA, 10 June 2003

You are cordially invited to an information session on the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance on 10 June 2003 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the offices of the United Nations Foundation, 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. The information session will be organized as an interactive panel discussion around the theme: "Healthy Environments for Children Alliance: Building the alliance and global movement - progress made and next steps". We hope that you will be able to join us and we look forward to your participation as we continue to build this worldwide alliance to intensify global action on environmental risks to children’s health that arise in the settings where they live, learn, play and earn. Should you plan to attend this session, please RSVP to heca@who.int with "Attending 10 June Information Session" in the subject line and your name, title, and organization in the message body.

Pledge of Commitment to Healthy Environments for Children

South Africa is one of the countries that drafted a national pledge to Healthy Environments for Children on the occasion of World Health Day 2003 (7 April). South Africa's pledge, which begins "We the Leadership and the People of South Africa", maps out the following next steps for the nation: establish and build a national alliance in association with HECA; undertake an in-depth assessment of environmental risks in the country; create increased awareness nationally through the establishment of Healthy Environments for Children Centres; in consultation with communities, develop a Plan of Action; and many other groundwork-laying activities. To read the full pledge, please see: http://www.who.int/heca/infomaterials/southafrica_pledge.pdf

World Environment Day 2003

The theme for this year's World Environment Day (5 June) was "Water - Two Billion People are Dying for It!" UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his World Environment Day 2003 statement, cited that one person in six lives without regular access to safe drinking water. Children are among the hardest hit: water-related diseases kill a child every eight seconds. The Healthy Environments for Children Alliance--dedicated to intensifying global action on environmental risks to children's health in places where they live, learn, play and earn--has highlighted household water security and lack of hygiene and poor sanitation as two of six groups of environmental health hazards that must be tackled as global priority issues (the other four are air pollution, vector-borne diseases, chemical hazards, and unintentional injuries). The Alliance promotes effective policies and action at all levels and in all sectors, and supports countries and communities in creating and maintaining healthy environments for children. Interventions to protect children from risks associated with inadequate household water security and lack of hygiene and poor sanitation include extending access to the “unserved”, protecting water resources from contamination, ensuring safe water storage and treatment, promoting hand-washing, and targeting hygiene education, among many others. For more information on World Environment Day, please see: http://www.unep.org/wed/2003/.

WHA Endorsement of New Strategy on Child and Adolescent Health

The World Health Assembly gave a powerful endorsement to new strategic directions for child and adolescent health. The strategy brings together crucial elements to reduce childhood deaths and long term disability. Relevant to the work of the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance, the physical environment of children and adolescents is one of the areas identified for future action. The strategy recommends the physical environment be improved by focusing on six priority issues: household water security, hygiene and sanitation, air pollution, disease vectors, chemical hazards, and injuries and accidents. For more information, see: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2003/prwha5/en/.

INCHES Updates

The International Network on Children's Health, Environment, and Safety (INCHES) publishes electronic updates on news, programmes/activities, articles, and conferences relevant to children's environmental health. To subscribe, send an email with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to pvdhazel@inter.nl.net.

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