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World Environmental Health Day Today

(26 Sep 2011)

Today the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) will at the IFEH Council meeting in Indonesia proclaim September 26, 2011 as the first World Environmental Health Day. Read the draft proclamation

The 26th of September was chosen by the IFEH because it was the date of the inauguration of IFEH in 1985 and twenty six years later the organisation has grown to 37 member states with more joining each year.

So to celebrate the day member organisations are encouraged to select a topic of particular environmental health importance. Of particular importance would be the promotion and development of environmental health education both within the profession and to the public.

The EHOA have decided to focus on Children and Environmental Health. Children are exposed to environmental threats in their homes, schools, streets, play areas, and the homes of their extended families. For generations children have suffered risks from unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, indoor air pollution, insufficient food hygiene, poor housing, and inadequate waste disposal. Increasingly, they face newer threats from the unsafe use of dangerous chemicals; accidents and injuries; the consequences of global climate change and ozone depletion; and exposure to emerging diseases. These risks are aggravated by urban population growth, widespread poverty, consumption of natural resources, and the effects of globalization.

The EHOA has launched a national schools poster competition entitled KIDS - CREATING A NEW CLIMATE FOR ACTION which is open to all national school children in 5th and 6th classes in the Republic of Ireland. 


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