2. CEHAPE in progress by country

CEHAPE in progress by country

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.

The main areas covered by the Declaration are detailed in four Regional Priority Goals listed hereunder:

- RPG I: safe water and adequate sanitation

Example: In Romania, two women’s organisation (Medium & Sanitas and Women in Europe for a Common Future) have been successful in eradicating “blue baby disease” by helping mothers avoid chemically-polluted well water in several rural villages.

- RPG II: protection from injuries and adequate physical activity

Example: In Austria, the government is co-financing a non-governmental organisation to develop a national plan on child safety.

- RPG III: clean outdoor and indoor air

Example: In Poland, more households with children are now smoke-free thanks to two pilot projects organized by an anti-tobacco community group. Over a period of three years, the number of homes in which parents do not smoke increased by 10%.

- RPG IV: chemical-free environments

Example: In Uzbekistan, the association Perzent has increased awareness on environmental health issues - notably for children - reaching a population of about 100,000 in the region of the Aral Sea.