2003: healthy environments for children
World Health Day 2003 was a call to do more to protect three of our greatest assets: health, the environment and our children. Every year, more than 5 million children under the age of 15 die from diseases and conditions caused by the environments in which they live, learn and play. Many of these deaths could be prevented through the creation of healthy environments in the home, the school and the community at large.
From India to Ireland and from Chile to China, hundreds of communities, teachers, local governments, civil society groups, medical professionals and children participated in events to support solutions to minimize environmental risks.