Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.2, March 2000

2000, Vol. 22
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New Books and Publications


New Publication from the World Health Organization

Environmental Health Services in Europe 4.

Guidance on the Development of Educational and Training Curricula (WHO Regional Publications, European Series No. 84) by Martin Fitzpatrick and Xavier Bonnefoy, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark

1998, viii + 198 pages (available in English only), ISBN 92-890-1350-8, CHF 45.-/USD 40.50; In developing countries: CHF 31.50, Order No. 1310084.

The commitment made by the Member States of the WHO European Region to developing their environmental health services is gradually bearing fruit. The seeds of this commitment were sown over the last two decades through the European regional policy for health for all. This was followed up by the First European Conference on Environment and Health, held in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1989, which identified the groundbreaking principles underpinning environmental health in the European Charter on Environment and Health. The Second European Conference, in Helsinki in 1994, proved to be a watershed in the development of environmental health services in the Region, presenting a clear path forward that all Member States could follow through the development of national environmental health action plans (NEHAPs).

It was clear that the countries would need support in developing and implementing NEHAPs, and the Regional Office therefore developed a project to produce a series of publications dealing with all aspects of environmental health services management. The first in the series provided an overview of how services are managed throughout the Region, and the second dealt with the variety of policy options that Member States might consider in organizing those services. The third book (WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 82) concentrated on the staffing of environmental health services. This fourth volume, which is a companion to the third, provides practical assistance in the education and training of environment and health professionals. This assistance includes identifying relevant learning objectives, developing appropriate teaching methodologies, and proposing a range of curricula for various levels of professionals.

There was tremendous interest on the part of Member States and educational institutes in the development of this publication. The result is a book that is grounded in the realities of Member States who are endeavoring to equip their environment and health professionals to deal with the rapidly changing world in which they work. It also attempts to facilitate environment and health service providers and educational institutions in developing a common understanding of how to address the needs of these professionals.



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