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HEAL AGA votes in Executive Committee and welcomes new member organisations

HEAL 2014 Annual General Assembly, which took place from 6 to 7 October, elected a new Executive Committee and welcomed seven new member organisations.

A record number of 12 candidates stood for election to the HEAL executive committee, which has a maximum of seven members. Three former members were re-elected and four new representatives were voted in.

Those continuing on the executive committee are Peter van den Hazel, International Network of Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES), who remains HEAL President; Marie-Christine Dewolf, Hygiene Publique en Hainaut, Belgium, who is now Vice President, and Roberta Savli, European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), who has become Treasurer.

The newcomers are:

From left to right: Ruth Echeverria, Alborada Foundation, Spain; Lynn Ladbrook, Breast Cancer UK; Emma Woodford, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA); and, Indre Butiene, Klaipeda University, Lithuania.

HEAL Executive Board from left to right: Marie-Christine Dewolf, HEAL Vice-President; Peter van den Hazel, HEAL President; Roberta Savli, HEAL Treasurer; Indre Butiene, Lynn Ladbrook and Ruth Echeverria, HEAL board members (Emma Woodford not included in this photo is also a HEAL board member).

HEAL welcomes new members

The AGM also accepted seven new organisations as members. They include six NGOs, all of which became full HEAL members, and Klaipeda University in Lithuania, which joined as an associated member. It is the first HEAL member from Lithuania.

The new HEAL members are:

  • Alborada Foundation (Spain), which focuses on healthcare related to environmental diseases, health rights, and the protection of the environment.
  • Phyto victims (France), which was created to help professional farmers and individuals who are victims of pesticides. Its aims include informing people and professionals about the impacts of chemicals, and especially pesticides on their health.
  • Romanian Society of Pulmonology, which aims to promote the development of health care in respiratory diseases and to contribute to the training of doctors and nurses and the provision of public education on the importance and prevention of respiratory diseases.

Last updated on 22 October 2014

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