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HEAL at Environment and Public Health conference in Romania

In September, HEAL will participate at an international medical conference in Romania on environment and public health, organised by the Balkan Environmental Association (B.EN.A.).

Over the past months, HEAL has increased its activities on the impacts of air quality on health, particularly in the Central and South East European region (SEE & CEE), with outreach to the health and medical sector and highlighting the link between energy choices and health. Air pollution is a persistent problem in the whole CEE/SEE region. Many countries struggle with air pollution due to coal combustion (industrial and domestic) and with compliance with the EU legislation on Clean Air or limits set by international agreements.

Romania is a country of particular concern in HEAL’s work for improving air quality. HEAL’s recent report on the external health cost of coal power plants found that Romania ranks second highest in terms of health impacts from pollution originating from coal-fired power plants. Reducing pollution from this specific industrial source has the potential to significantly reduce the burden of disease in Romania.

Vlatka Matkovic Puljic, HEAL’s Project Coordinator on Energy and Health for the SEE/CEE countries, will participate in an upcoming conference in Romania to provide valuable support to public health groups and present findings on the external health costs of coal power generation.

The Balkan Environmental Association (B.EN.A.) who is organising the conference, is an international non-profit and non-governmental scientific organisation aiming to preserve the environment and culture of the Balkan countries that goes beyond research to find scientific ways to protect the region and to improve people’s lives. Topics at the conference include environmental pollution, environmental public health impacts, and respiratory problems.

Originally posted on 24 July 2014

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