Programme objectives

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The functions of the Protection of the Human Environment Programme are:

    • To provide leadership and guidance to member states for the implementation the Libreville Declaration on health and environment in Africa, including for the health and environment strategic alliances in coordination with the United Nations Environment Programme and other partners.
    • To coordinate the development of a research agenda that enables identification and assessments of impacts of current and emerging environmental risk factors to heath, as well as the development of new tools and strategies for the management of these risks.
    • To establish, in collaboration with WHO Headquarters, norms, standards and guidelines on priority environmental health risks including for implementation and monitoring international environmental agreements and MDGs.
    • To support member states in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national, policies and plans of joint actions that address environmental risk factors to human health (such as vectors of malaria and other neglected tropical diseases, drinking water quality, sanitation, chemicals, hazardous waste, etc.) and that create synergies with national implementation plans of multilateral environmental agreements.
    • To provide technical support to countries for the implementation of primary prevention interventions that reduce environmental health risks; enhance safety; and promote public health.
    • To coordinate a region-wide integrated environment and health information management system in order to monitor trends in environmental changes including those by climate change and the resulting disease outcomes