Components: Protection of the Human Environment


Environmental Health Policies

The attainment of sustainable development by creating friendly environment conducive to health can only be realized through the enhancement of an environment that is free from biological, chemical and physical hazards emanating from local, national and international sources. In this regard, environmental health plays a pivotal role in the endeavor to create and foster an environment that is safe to work, recreate and live. It is in fact one of the most essential elements and preconditions for development. The primary and principal step deemed imperative in the effort to deliver environmental health services is the development and formulation of comprehensive and sound policy in the sector.

The Environmental Health Policy programme aims to assist countries in their endeavor to realizing the achievement of sustainable development by creating an environment conducive to health through the development and formulation of Environmental Health Policy and strengthening/development of their capacities to render sound Environmental Health Services.

Healthy Settings and children environmental health

The Healthy Settings programme concentrates on activities linked to healthy cities, healthy schools, healthy villages, healthy markets, etc. It is based on the notion that health depends not only on good health services or individual lifestyles (important as these are) but on a supportive environment. Of particular concern are the most vulnerable groups in society such as children, within the context of the "Settings Approach", the programme provides strategic guidance to ensure the rights of children to live and grow in healthy environments.

Vector Biology and Control

The Vector Biology and Control programme aims at contributing to the reduction of vector borne disease (VBD) transmission so as to impact on disease mortality and morbidity. The priority disease is malaria.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

The Water, Sanitation and Health programme supports countries in providing access to safe water and adequate sanitation for all in order to improve the health and well being of the populations.