HEAL is a leading platform of health and environment groups working to strengthen European environment policies to improve people’s health.
We do this by creating better representation of expertise and evidence from the health community in decision making processes.
Our projects and policy work reflect current political developments within the EU and global policy arena and commitment to our strategic goals. Find below a list of projects we’ve worked on:
EDC Free Europe
What’s disrupting you? A coalition of public interest groups representing more than 65 organisations across Europe with a common concern about endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). This campaign aims to raise public awareness and urge quicker governmental action. Campaign partners include trade unions, consumers, public health and healthcare professionals, advocates for cancer prevention, environmentalists and women’s groups. Help us let your governments know that you want an EDC-Free Future.
Coal’s unpaid health bill
The Unpaid Health Bill marked the beginning of a coal and health campaign in which HEAL continues to work closely with medical, health and climate advocacy groups, especially in countries where coal is a particular threat to health. Since the start of the EU campaign in 2013, the report has been launched in Romania (December 2013), Poland (June 2013), Germany (April 2013) Turkey (May 2015) and most recently in the Western Balkans (March 2016).
The 32nd International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) takes place in Paris from 3 - 10 February 2015. HEAL is co-hosting screenings and debates with the organisers on ’health and environment’ documentaries on 9 February.
Chemicals Health Monitor
This monitoring service aims to improve public health by promoting support for more protective regulation of hazardous chemicals in Europe and beyond. The website is also available in German here
- advocating for strong regulation of pesticide use for better health, especially to protect the most vulnerable groups in society
- bringing public health to the centre of the climate change debate, and uniting the international health community behind four principles: protect public health; set strong targets on emission reductions; promote clean energy; and fund global action.
- showcasing examples of good practice projects in children’s environment and health throughout the 53 countries of the WHO European region.
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communicating EU air quality information and alerts to allergy, asthma and COPD patients in Europe.
- an amusing comic strip highlighting evidence of harm to health from certain widely used chemicals.
- raising awareness of the potential health risks of environmental mercury pollution. Calling on the EU to show leadership in efforts to control environmental mercury pollution by securing a global ban on mercury.
- as part of World Health Day 2008, HEAL and the EUropean REGional Health Authorities (EUREGHA) launched a Good Practice Award for local and regional mitigation and adaptation projects that simultaneously promote human health and protect the climate.
HEAL and WHO have developed an information brochure and a directory of national agencies to help individuals find out more about indoor air quality and its impact on health.