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The Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health

Promoting technology and information exchange on environment and health issues in the Pacific Basin.

18th International Conference UPDATE

The 18th International  Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health, ” Assessing and Mitigating Environmental Exposures in Early Life’, will be held 16 – 19 September 2019 in Kyoto, Japan.

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Research based advocacy for Policy Change

SDPI Publication

‘Ban or Restrict & Discourage Mercury Amalgam Use to Safeguard Children’s Health in Pakistan’

Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja et al.

September, 2018, SDPI, Islamabad.

UPDATE: Environmental Health researcher to present at ASTMH

University of Queensland Higher Degree Research student, Johanna Sanchez will present at the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) annual meeting in New Orleans this month. Read a report on the meeting

Ms Sanchez is currently completing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Peter Sly at UQ’s Child Health Research Centre. She will be giving an oral presentation, ‘Household-level factors associated with childhood growth in Bangladesh: An analysis of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, 2012-2013‘ as part of the the Global Health – Maternal, Child, and Neonatal Health session.

Ms Sanchez will also present a poster at the event titled ‘Campylobacter jejuni infection and household-level factors are associated with childhood growth in Mirpur, Bangladesh: An analysis of the MAL-ED Study’

The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting will run from 28 October – 1 November 2018.

 

 

A SHARED future update – June & July 2018

Greetings Team! We have a number of activities to report on. We continue to encourage all team members (researchers, partners, trainees, collaborators) to send in their activity updates, including photos and news items for subsequent updates.

A SHARED Future Update – June-July 2018

A SHARED Future Reports

A SHARED Future updates

Inaugural Team Meeting Report

October-November 2017 Update

February-March 2018 Update

April-May 2018 Update

Environmental Pollution

Thermal and non-thermal health effects of low intensity non-ionizing radiation: An international perspective

Belpomme D, Hardell L, Belyaev I, Burgio E, Carpenter DO

Highlights
  • Exposure to electromagnetic fields has increased dramatically.
  • Electromagnetic fields at low and non-thermal intensities increase risk of cancer in animals and humans.
  • Some individuals are particularly sensitive and develop a syndrome of electrohypersensitivity.
  • There is an urgent need to recognize hazards associated with excessive exposure to non-thermal levels of electromagnetic fields.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749118310157 

SDPI Policy Brief #60

Comparative Assessment of Pakistan National Drinking Water Quality Standards with selected Asian Countries and World Health Organization (WHO}.

Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja and Anum Aslam

Sustainable Development Policy Institute Policy Brief # 60

16 April, 2018

Hybrid, multi-site course on ecosystem approaches to health

An opportunity exists for graduate students to participate in an online/face-to-face course on Ecosystem Approaches to Health, offered by CoPEH Canada. The course is available starting in May. Further information is available in the flyer.

Participants can participate in the full program at UBC, UQAM, or UofGuelph, or participate only in the webinars (which are also available to international students).

NIH e-Waste workshop report

As the global electronic waste (e-waste) stream grows, it is becoming increasingly important to understand how exposure to e-waste affects human health. Components used to make electronic devices, such as laptops, cell phones, and televisions, contain a variety of metals and chemicals that can harm health when people are exposed through handling or just living near e-waste streams. NIEHS will work with WHO to raise understanding of the importance of controlling exposures to e-wastes among health practitioners and decision makers.

Read the report

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