Environment and Health
The purpose is to provide data, information and analytical synthesis on the interrelationships between environment and public health issues (EH). This process allows monitoring of EH trends. Progress with regard to the implementation of EH policies is quantified and this generates the evidence-base to support EH decision-making in countries of the WHO European Region.
Ongoing methodological work:
• Final stages of the development of methodologies for new exposure and health effect indicators that will facilitate the efficient implementation of time-bound international commitments to protect children from the effects of environmental factors outlined at the 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Parma, Italy, 2010).
• Development of standardized data collection, processing and analysis methodologies for new surveillance programmes to assess exposure to environmental factors in children's facilities and pre-natal exposures to developmental toxicants.
• Development of a new IT platform and database for the European Environment and Health Information System (ENHIS) to improve the presentation of indicator-based information on environmental exposures, health effects and EH oriented policy actions for decision-making and EH professionals.
• Assistance to selected Member States in the development and implementation of national EH information systems.
Priority objectives beyond 2012:
• Methodological support to Member States in the implementation of new EH data collection programmes for monitoring the implementation of international commitments to protect children from EH risks.
New work to be undertaken in 2012:
• Implementation of a new data base and IT platform for the European Environmental Health Information System (ENHIS), integrated into the IT infrastructure of the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Meetings planned for 2012:
• Technical meeting on the implementation of new ENHIS indicators for monitoring Parma conference commitments.