World Environmental Health Day addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviors. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments .In addition to increasing awareness of the environmental health workforce as a powerful solution on climate change.
NEHA celebrated World Environmental Health Day on September 26, along with the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) and many other organizations to shed light on the important work of environmental health around the world.
What is the theme of World Environmental Health Day in 2020 ?
On 26 September World Environmental Health Day is observed and launched on 2011. In 2020 theme is“Environmental health, a key public health intervention in disease pandemic prevention”.
This theme says “Environmental health is a branch of public health concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment. Also, It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments.
This day aims to promote environmental health knowledge to the people and cooperation between countries to improve world’s environment.Environmental health may be concerned primarily with the impacts of environmental stressors on health, these in turn are heavily influenced by and frequently reflect economic and social factors. Climate change is leading to increased and new environmental health risks, including new communicable diseases, poor water quality, and threatened food systems. Environmental health professionals are one of the public’s first and best lines of defense against these threats.
Why World Environmental Health Day is celebrated?
The purpose of World Environmental Health Day is celebrated every year to encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. The environmental change is the greatest threat to global health we currently face. It harms health by decreasing the quality of air we breathe, increasing our exposure to more frequent and intense extreme weather events, increasing extremes of precipitation including flooding and drought, expanding the geographic distribution and number of disease-carrying vectors, and exacerbating health inequities. Around the world, these impacts increase the risk of chronic and infectious diseases, harm mental health and well-being, threaten the safety and security of our communities, trigger food insecurity, and place a disproportionate burden on our most vulnerable populations.
About National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) had its origins in the state of California where it was incorporated in 1937. The original impetus behind the creation of a national professional society for environmental health practitioners was the desire by professionals of that day to establish a standard of excellence for this developing profession. This standard, which has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian credential, signifies that an environmental health professional has mastered a body of knowledge (which is verified through the passing of an examination), and has acquired sufficient experience, to satisfactorily perform work responsibilities in the environmental health field. The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) supports thousands of members who are committed to ensuring that the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and play in, and the homes and buildings we live and work in are all safe for people to enjoy.The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) supports thousands of members who are committed to ensuring that the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and play in, and the homes and buildings we live and work in are all safe for people to enjoy.
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Mission
To advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all.