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France: pediatricians analyse the environmental burden on children in the north and the south

The French Society of pediatric (Société Française de Pédiatrie, SFP) and the Association of French Speaking Pediatricians (Association des Pédiatres de Langue Fançaise, APLF) organize together every year a national congress: Pédiatrie 2005. This year, on 1-4 June 2005 in Paris, the theme was “environmental challenges and child’s health in the north and the south” (les défis environnementaux et la santé de l’enfant du Nord et du Sud).

Acknowledging the fragility of children’s health in front of environmental pollution this congress was a place where pediatricians could exchange experiences regarding environmental diseases.

Starting from some strong statistics like: 6,4% of under-4-year-old children’s death can be attributed to air pollution (especially from cars), and asthma occurrence has doubled in 20 years in Europe, the group of physicians concluded that it was urgent to take measures in order to reduce the burden of air pollution on our children.

As for the southern countries, remembering that in countries like Gabon, diarrhea is the second cause of child’s death, the issue was clearly identified as mostly coming from water pollution.


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