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GAHP Updates: June/July 2016

New and Noteworthy

A draft of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development report was circulated to a wide group of reviewers in June. Some excellent comments were received and discussed at the June meeting in New York. Comments have been incorporated and the next draft will be available soon for review. Publication of the Commission report is now expected in early 2017.

The Lancet issued an editorial on air pollution calling for transformative efforts to reduce its burden of disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new series of children’s environmental health training modules that were prepared by experts around the world, including representatives from Pure Earth and the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP). They are currently accessible in both English and Portuguese.

Opportunities for Involvement  

One of the ways countries can begin to tackle pollution is to embark on a health and pollution planning process. The process aims to help governments:

  • understand their key pollution problems and their sources, impacts on health, development and economic growth, and gaps in regulatory and programmatic response;
  • prioritize areas for intervention;
  • and develop a “road map” for how to implement solutions.

GAHP is hoping to pilot this process in a few GAHP member countries in the coming year. If your country is interested to learn more, please contact


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