Healthy children have the best chances for healthy, productive lives. As citizens of today’s world – not just as future contributors to society – children have the right to health protection and promotion (United Nations, 1989).
Just 5 weeks have left to the opening of Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Parma, Italy. At this event, ministers of health and environment and experts from countries that belong to WHO’s European Region will assess the progress made since last conference in Budapest.
In 2004 Fourth Conference in Budapest, according to the statement on the top of this article, accepted “Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe” (CEHAPE). This plan was prepared to develop policies and actions to achieve safe environment in which children could reach highest possible level of health.
There are four so called “Regional Priority Goals” in CEHAPE. The Fourth Regional Priority Goal is “reduced risk from chemical and physical agents”. One of these physical agents is noise. To “prevent and reduce exposure to hazardous and disruptive noise and noise-related injuries” measures as followed are recommended:
– Monitor noise and exposure to noise in public buildings where children spend time
– Incorporate measures to reduce exposure to noise in urban planning and infrastructure planning, considering the needs of school zones
– Educate parents, students and school personnel about hazards of individually controllable and other sources of noise
– Implement preventive infrastructure measures, such as proper insulation of buildings where children study and sleep, to protect them from noise
To read more about 5th Conference click here
To read more about CEHAPE click
here (particularly page 19)
To visit WHO’s European Office webpage click here