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INCHES: Outcomes of the 7th International conference on children’s health and the environment

From 20 – 22 November the International Network on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES) organised its 7th conference on children’s health and the environment in Jerusalem.

The event, attended by over 100 participants from over 30 different countries was co-organised with Bar Ilan University in Israel and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the WHO, European Environmental Agency, Italian Federation of Primary Care Pediatricians and US-EPA.

The topics discussed at the conference ranged from air pollution concerns to heavy metal exposures, from child victims in war zones to e-smoking, and from pesticide to radiation exposures. Child risks in countries with fastest growing economies are important and seem to be repeating many of the mistakes made in the Western countries. Levels of exposures to heavy metals or air pollution for instance are sometimes dreadful. The scientific papers which were presented throughout the days were of high quality and there was a successful exchange of scientific knowledge on policy and communication issues.

Statement on children in a hazardous environment

The conference ended with a discussion and a first draft of the Jerusalem Statement on children in a hazardous environment available here.

The participants committed themselves to work jointly towards the protection of children’s health and safety from environmental risks. The abstracts of the conference will be published in the Journal of Health and Pollution (organised by the Blacksmith Foundation).

A working group of paediatricians within INCHES was established following a suggestion from French paediatricians. This working group will interconnect between paediatricians from different countries and volunteers are sought for the INCHES Network to keep the website running.

The next INCHES conference will take place from 25 – 27 October 2014 in Boston, USA combined with the 4th PPTox meeting.

Last updated on 16 December 2013

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