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Environment / Child Health - 2002-10-17


The World Health Organizations says environmental related hazards kill the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of children every forty-five minutes globally.

The organization is planning a new initiative to tackle the problem. Dr. Yasmin Von Schirnding is an expert on child health and environment at the WHO. She told reporter Chinedu Offor efforts at reducing the number of child deaths will include education and increased funding for overall child development.

She says countries should pay more attention to the health of pregnant women to decrease the chances of children contracting diseases. She blames developed countries for most of the envoronmental problems but says developing nations must play a role in ensuring a safe environment for children.

Dr.Von Schirnding says the WHO will soon publish a report justifying itsclaim about the dangers of unhealthy environment to child health.