The Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health

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

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

  • 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. 

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

University of Queensland feature article on Pollution

UQ Researchers are working at the intersection of science, education and policy to better understand and reduce pollution’s impact on children’s health.

Stop polluting our children’s future

Cities as a Health Hazard

A recent article in the Australian Financial Review discusses the impacts of short-term and long term-exposure to environmental hazards in urban areas. Professor Peter Sly, PBC Chair and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and the Environment at the University of Queensland, is quoted.

Cities as a health hazard, Financial Review, 8 December 2017.


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