President of ACTS International, Dr. Patricia J. Blair and President of ACTS Georgia, Dr. Giorgi Tsilosani presented the National Environmental Health Action Plan (NEHAP), prepeared jointly with representatives of Georgian Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Tbilisi State University, Institute of Occupational Medicine.
Presentation of the National Environmental Health Action Plan: Georgia
G.Katsitadze(2), N.Pruidze(1), M.Tsereteli(3), M.Kurchuli(1), R.Tataradze(4), G.Tsilosani(4), P.Blair(4)
(1)Georgian Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs,
(2)Tbilisi State University,
(3)Institute of Occupational Medicine,
(4) A Call to Serve Georgia/International
During the last 10-12 years the programs and guidelines adopted by WHO, including the documents signed at the Pan-European Conferences on the environment and health held in Frankfurt am Main (1989), Helsinki (1994) and London (1999) have formulated totally new approaches and principles in the sphere of the environment and population health. In this end creation of healthy environment faces formidable challenges, especially, in the country in transition. Hence, the goal can be achieved only with the efforts and participation of different ministries and agencies, local authorities, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The National Environmental Health Action Plan of Georgia – “Environment and Health” 1(NEHAP) represents efforts of Georgia to recognize the Helsinki European Conference requirements – to develop and implement the National Environmental Health Action Plan, focused on studying and evaluating of environmental health problems, determining of priority directions and actions to be undertaken for their solution in the country. The Georgian NEHAP highlights all aspects of the environment and health in accordance with the “European Environmental Health Action Plan”: the policy on protecting of the environment and health; strengthening of national capacities and capabilities for environmental management; quality of water and air; quality and safety of food; solid wastes and soil contamination; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; natural and industrial disasters, etc. In this regard the social-economic, climatic-geographical, demographic and other specific factors have been considered and the current situation has been described as a basis for elaboration of tasks and measures to prevent harmful influence of environmental factors on human health. The executive institutions, including ministries, agencies and organizations were determined. In conclusion implementation of NEHAP is a national task to create healthy environment and improve population health.