About this website

About this website

Healthy environments for children: What are NGOs doing?

Are you part of the European initiative that is helping to make environmental conditions better for children?

The Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) launched this website to share information about the non-governmental groups involved, their issues and campaigns. Its contents will also help monitor what is being achieved so that this information can be reported to meetings of the World Health Organization (WHO), national governments and NGOs on the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE).

What’s on the website?

A compilation of the NGOs active in children’s environmental health in Europe, including full contact details of non-governmental organizations working at the European, national or local level, a list of examples of their activities and links to useful websites and materials. Information also features how NGOs are contributing to developing national action plans for children’s environmental health, and what they believe should be priority issues to tackle.

Is your country involved?

At the Budapest Ministerial Conference in June 2004, the governments of all 52 countries in the WHO European region committed themselves to supporting the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE). The Declaration recognises the role of NGOs in the development of related activities as part of the country’s consultation and implementation process. This is why it is important that the involved NGOs appear on this website. Their achievements are coordinated and reported to the WHO via Health & Environment Alliance.

What is CEHAPE?

The Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) was launched in June 2004 at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health held in Budapest, which brought together the 52 countries of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The plan of action includes a series of meetings on the different regional priority goals set out, an interim review planned for the end of 2007 and a Fifth European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in 2009 where governments will report back on their achievements.

What will the website do for you?

1. By providing details of your activities and achievements online, it promotes networking and showcases your organization to a wide, targeted audience of key European decision makers, other NGOs, scientists, and so on.

2. By collecting a “feed-back” from you, it allows your efforts and recommendations to be reflected in the Health & Environment Alliance reports to WHO and especially to the 2007 mid-term assessment of CEHAPE.

3. By presenting the activities of other NGOs in different countries and sectors, it provides you with new ideas for advocacy, information sharing, training and working with government.

4. By providing links to the WHO’s data base on your government’s and other governments’ actions, it helps you find out what your government is doing and provide you a forum for feedback.

5. By describing policy developments in children’s health and environment at an EU and Pan European level, it helps you keep track of new developments.

Examples of actions included in the website:

a. In Romania, a women’s organisation has been successful in eradicating “blue baby disease” by helping mothers avoid chemically-polluted well water in several rural villages.

b. In Austria, the government co-financed a non-governmental organisation to develop a national plan on child safety.

c. In Uzbekistan, a campaign led by the “Perzent” NGO was launched to increase public awareness about the effects of environmental pollution on health

d. In Poland, anti-tobacco community projects for parents with children has led to a 10% increase in the number of smoke-free homes over a three-year period in two pilot projects.

Launching the website:

The Health & Environment Alliance launched this website on the 10th of November 2005 during the International conference "Future Europeans" in which HEAL organized a workshop: "chemicals and children". The CEHAPE website of the Health & Environment Alliance is linked to the WHO CEHAPE website.

If you would like to be featured, you simply need to complete the attached questionnaire that you can also find at www.env-health.org/a/1803 and send it back to Monica Guarinoni, Health & Environment Alliance, at info@cehape.env-health.org (or by fax: 0032 2 233 3880)

Health & Environment Alliance is an international non-governmental organization advocating environmental protection as a means to improving health and well-being. For more information, send an email to info@env-health.org or consult our website: www.env-health.org.