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.


28-11-03

  • Preparations for Budapest: Third Intergovernmental Meeting
  • Pediatric Environmental Health - 2nd Edition
  • Educational Materials on Children and Pesticide Exposure
  • "Communities Fit for Children" in Canada
  • Follow-up: HECA at the International Healthy Cities Conference
  • Resource: Children in the New Millennium
  • World Health Day 2003 Report in Spanish and French

Preparations for Budapest: Third Intergovernmental Meeting

In preparation for the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Budapest, June 2004), the Third Intergovernmental Meeting took place 27-28 November 2003. Held in Evora, Portugal, the meeting provided Member States with the opportunity to exchange views about the two proposed policy outcomes of the Conference: the Conference declaration and the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE). The meeting discussed priority issues of emerging/increasing importance, including housing and health, and health, energy and sustainable development. For background documents and working papers from the Third Intergovernmental Meeting, please see the Web site of the WHO Regional Office for Europe: http://www.euro.who.int/eprise/main/WHO/Progs/EEHC/meetings/20031117_1.

Pediatric Environmental Health - 2nd Edition

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announces the publication of the Second Edition of Pediatric Environmental Health. This manual is a comprehensive guide for pediatric clinicians to the identification, prevention, and treatment of environmental health problems in children. It has been produced by the AAP Committee on Environmental Health and edited by Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD, and Associate Editor, Sophie J. Balk, MD. For more information and to order the book, please see: http://www.aap.org/bst/showdetl.cfm?&DID=15&Product_ID=1697&CatID=132.

Educational Materials on Children and Pesticide Exposure

For Healthy Kids! is a project of the Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research (CHC) at the University of Washington, USA. In an effort to understand whether educational activities could reduce harmful pesticide exposure to children in agricultural communities, CHC has developed educational materials--in both Spanish and English--for both adults and children. Posted on the Web site of the Children's Health Environmental Coalition, these materials include a pesticide safety handbook, a head start curriculum, take-home pamphlets (for parents), a pesticide safety tips pamphlet, posters, a colouring book and colour maze, and a fourth grade curriculum. More information: http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detail.asp?Main_ID=644.

""Communities Fit for Children" in Canada

The theme of this year's National Child Day in Canada (20 November) was "A Community Fit for Children". To commemorate the day, children and adults were urged to work together to plan an activity that would make the community more fit for children and celebrate children's rights. The theme reflects priorities outlined in Canada's National Plan of Action for children, which is currently being developed. The Plan will focus on four key areas: promoting healthy lives, including combatting HIV/AIDS; providing quality education; protecting against abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect; and enabling social engagement and collaboration. For more information on Canada's National Child Day and National Action Plan for children, please see the Web site of Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dca-dea/ncd-jna/main_e.html.

Follow-up: HECA at the International Healthy Cities Conference

HECA organized an interactive panel discussion at the International Healthy Cities Conference (Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK) on 20 October 2003. The panel discussion aimed to maximize exchange of knowledge, lessons learned, and policy implications, as well as build on networks from the perspective of healthy cities experiences and healthy environments for children activities at global, regional, national and local levels. Presentations were made on the evolution of the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance, how HECA at the global level is translating into national/local action to address environmental risk factors to children’s health (using South Africa as an example), and opportunities to address issues of children’s health in the area of transport, a key concern in urban planning and healthy cities programmes. More information: http://www.who.int/heca/events/belfast/en/index.html.

Resource: Children in the New Millennium

'Children in the New Millennium: Environmental Impact on Health' aims to inject urgency in efforts to address the interlinkages between environmental factors and the survival, protection and development of children. By providing information on specific environmental health threats facing children in their immediate surroundings, as well as on the impact of global environmental problems, it is intended to stimulate discussion, lead to intensified action, and help to elevate the issue on the international agenda. The book is a 2002 joint production of UNEP, UNICEF and WHO. More information: http://www1.nyo.unep.org/children/.

World Health Day 2003 Report in Spanish and French

The Final Report on World Health Day 2003, which was dedicated to the theme "Healthy Environments for Children", is now available in Spanish and French. 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 the centre of sustainable development, and that their health needs to be protected from environmental hazards, spread to millions more.
Spanish: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/infomaterials/es/index.html. French: http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2003/infomaterials/fr/index.html.

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