Commissioner: J. Ndahimananjara, MD
Dr. NDAHIMANANJARA Johanita Bénédicte is the current Minister of Environment, Ecology and Forests of Madagascar. (Bio below)
Why did you decide to join the Commission on Pollution + Health?
In our current era, I see as a doctor that human health is greatly impacted by pollution. If no adequate measures are taken, pollution will continue to affect a large number of the population, particularly those in developing countries, that is why I join the Commission.
What impact will the work of the Commission have?
The Commission has been working on a fairly relevant publication whose content largely reflects the global situation of developed and developing countries on pollution and its impacts on health. The important work of the Commission is likely to attract international bodies which should increasingly intervene in the protection of human health in the face of increasing pollution.
How can we overcome obstacles to progress in the fight against pollution?
There is a need for more technical and financial support for pollution intervention programs.
What changes do you hope to see in your lifetime?
The expected change is to have a great number of population protected from pollution through concerted action.
Dr. NDAHIMANANJARA Johanita Bénédicte born RANDRIANARISON is the current Minister of Environment, Ecology and Forests of Madagascar. She was Secretary of State in charge of the Status of Women and Childhood, then Minister of Public Health and Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Currently she is Minister of the Environment, Ecology and Forestry. She was elected Deputy of Madagascar, was appointed Senator of Madagascar and holds the honorary title of Commander of the National Order. She is also the President of the Ministerial Consultation of La Francophonie, a member of the Women in Politics of the Indian Ocean platform, Secretary General of the Malagasy Women’s Parliamentary Network of La Francophonie, member of the African Network of Women Ministers and Parliamentarians, and member of the Bureau of the Forum of Arab and African Parliaments for Population and Development. Dr NDAHIMANANJARA Johanita Bénédicte brings her professional expertise in the field of development, social and environmental issues at national and international level.
The Commission on Pollution and Health is an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Commissioners include many of the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development.