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World Environmental Health Day

September 26, 2014
Environmental Health

Environmental Health inequalities are the focus of today’s World Environmental Health Day with countries around the globe holding events to try to raise the profile of the subject.

Originally introduced in 2011 the day is the idea of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH). To celebrate this year’s event The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) are asking members to submit photos, drawings, poems, prose or short video clips on the theme “Environmental and health inequality where you live and what is being done about it.”

Across the Atlantic the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) have been celebrating Public Health week with a conference in Halifax Nova Scotia entitled ‘The Next 100 Years: Reaching New Heights in Health Protection’, the event attracted delegates from across the country.

Gary O’Toole, National President of CIPH still believes the work undertaken by EHP’s is often overlooked, saying; “Every day, Certified Public Health Inspectors across the country apply their knowledge in hundreds of thousands of interventions to protect and promote health. These duties are often unseen and as I have often heard it said: if public health is doing its job right, nobody will ever know we were there.” In Portugal the International Congress on Environmental Health is taking place in Porto with subjects as diverse as asbestos exposure and foodborne pathogens on the agenda. 

You can see all the events planned for World Environmental Health Day here.