International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) Partnership for Children
|Peter Illig and Michael C. Wong, International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE), Switzerland|
|Children are not "little adults." Representing the next generation, children possess unique physical, developmental and behavioral vulnerabilities, and exist within society as a silent and underrepresented class. |
While an occupational setting may provide a safe and healthy work environment, it is imperative to address the local settings that contribute to the health and well-being of the workforce, the future workforce, the consumer market and the broader community.
Often consigned to the margin or viewed as the source of the problem, there is a need – and an opportunity – to engage MNCs, their subsidiaries and their global supply chain as positive agents for change on the critical issues of children's health and the environment.
Through an innovative Public-Private Partnership, ISDE has created a platform for action to address children's health impacts from environmental sources. The delivery of targeted capacity building in the form of technical training, education and awareness-raising establishes an informed basis for action to address the health needs of children and the quality of the local living environment.
Importantly, an objective presentation on the science of health and the environment helps to promote a rational debate on complex issues that have been misunderstood and misused, and which often represent a preventable cause of ill health.
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