Environment & health

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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.

News on our policy work

Farmers who are ‘victims of pesticides’ call for EU action
Farmers of the French Phytovictims network called for urgent action on exposure to hazardous chemicals, especially on pesticides that can disrupt the human hormone system. Phytovictims brings together cereal farmers, vine growers and others whose health has been affected by pesticides. Read more…

HEAL participates on CHE call “Endocrine Disruption: Widening the Scope”
Executive Director Génon K. Jensen recently took part in one of the teleconference series on EDCs organised by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. This particular call focused on how chemicals in air pollution impact on children’s health. Read more…

Better training for health care professionals in environmental and health medicine
Belgium is taking the lead in strengthening the knowledge and capacities of healthcare professionals on environmental medicine. A basic training for medical students is also envisaged. These activities are an initiative of the National health-environment cell. Read more…

Congratulations to the winners of the Jean and Leslie Douglas “Pearl Award” for "providing a sustainable earth for future generations.’’
HEAL congratulates the three winners of the award – Arlene Blum, Theo Colborn and Pete Meyers - who have also contributed to our alliance’s work immensely over the years and continue to do so. Read more…


Textbook of children’s environmental health by Philip J. Landrigan and Ruth A. Etzel - HEAL contribution: Public Policy on Children’s Environmental Health in Europe - Available to buy here




16, Brussels, Belgium: CHE Partnership Call featuring Dr. Philippe Grandjean on the Chemical Brain Drain _

May 2014

6: World Asthma Day

10: Let’s clean up Europe

19 – 24, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly


3- 5, Brussels: EU Green Week

5, World Environment Day

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 65 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

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