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.


16-05-03

  • Ministerial Roundtables on Healthy Environments for Children (HEC)
  • World Health Day 2003 "Shape the Future of Life”
  • Healthy Environments for Children: Building the Alliance Meeting Report
  • Facts and Figures for Advocacy: Healthy Environments for Children
  • UN Cyber School Bus on Healthy Environments for Children
  • Kid's Corner: Monica's Gang - HEC Comic Book

Ministerial Roundtables on Healthy Environments for Children (HEC)

The Ministerial Roundtables of the 56th World Health Assembly (19-28 May 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland) are devoted to healthy environments for children. The Ministerial Roundtables serve to enhance the involvement of ministers and heads of delegations in policy debate. Ministers of health are invited to use the round table discussions to make output-oriented recommendations for policy and action in ensuring healthy environments for children. Ministers and heads of delegation will share best practices in healthy environments for children, identify major constraints and obstacles to achieving success/implementation, examine the role of the health sector and other sectors in addressing children's environmental health issues, as well as the role of national versus local government, and share experiences of successful advocacy and communications approaches in creating healthy environments for children. For more information, see: http://www.who.int/gb/EB_WHA/PDF/WHA56/ea56d4.pdf.

World Health Day 2003 "Shape the Future of Life"

More than 300 events in over 100 countries marked World Health Day 2003. Events involved tens of thousands of children, their parents and teachers, their medical professionals and community leaders, their regional governments and national ministries. Through media coverage, the message that children are at the centre of sustainable development, and that their health needs to be protected from environmental hazards, spread to millions more. World Health Day 2003 was a potent advocacy and awareness-raising undertaking for HECA and all collaborating entities. The momentum produced by WHD 2003 serves to move HEC issues higher up on the world's political/development agenda and further galvanize the work of the alliance. For more information on World Health Day 2003, or to download the information/advocacy materials produced for the day, please see the WHD 2003 Web site:
English: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/en/
Espanol: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/es/
Francais: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/fr/

Healthy Environments for Children: Building the Alliance Meeting Report

The first meetings of stakeholders to further develop the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance (HECA) were held on 3 and 4 December 2002 in Geneva, Switzerland. The objective of the meetings was to agree on future directions, methods of work, next steps for forming the alliance – and making it operational. Those taking part included representatives of national governments, agencies and organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental bodies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as representatives of the Regional Offices of WHO and Headquarters. To read the final meeting report, please see:http://www.who.int/heca/infomaterials/heca_dec34_meetreport.pdf

Facts and Figures for Advocacy: Healthy Environments for Children

Over five million children per year die from illnesses and other conditions caused by the environments in which they live, learn and play. WHO Fact Sheet N#272, April 2003, provides facts and figures on environmental risks to children's health. It also highlights what can be done to create healthier environments for children:
English: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/press/facts/en/
Espanol: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/press/facts/es/
Francais: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/press/facts/fr/

UN Cyber School Bus on Healthy Environments for Children

The UN Cyber School Bus on healthy environments for children offers educators an excellent Web resource. It features pop-up windows with detailed information on environmental risk factors including lack of household water security, inadequate hygiene and sanitation, air pollution, disease vectors, chemical hazards, and unintentional injuries (accidents). An interactive question and answer series and a virtual slide show further expand on environmental risk factors to children's health and effective interventions for protecting their health and well-being. More information: http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/worldhealthday2003/index.html#.

Kid's Corner: Monica's Gang - HEC Comic Book

Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa, in collaboration with Pan American Health Organization/WHO Regional Office for the Americas, has contributed a comic book to help transmit the HEC message to children. Click here for more information and to download a PDF version: http://www.paho.org/English/DD/PIN/whd03_graphics.htm.

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