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Environmental threats to the health of children: the Asian perspective.

Environmental Health Perspectives
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Environmental Health Perspectives • VOLUME 108 | NUMBER 10 | October 2000 989 Environmental Threats to the Health of Children: The Asian Perspective David O. Carpenter,1 Fook Tim Chew,2 Terri Damstra,3 Le Hung Lam,4 Philip J. Landrigan,5 Irma Makalinao,6 Genandrialine L. Peralta,7 and William A. Suk 8 1School of Public Health, University at Albany, Rensselaer, New York, USA; 2Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Republic of Singapore; 3WHO-IPCS/IRRU, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA; 4Hanoi School of Public Health, Hanoi, Vietnam; 5Center for Childrens’ Health and the Environment, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA; 6National Poison Controls and Information Service, Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Manila, Republic of the Philippines; 7 Environmental Engineering, National Engineering Center, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Republic of the Philippines; 8Division of Extramural Research and Training, Office of Program Development, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA In Asia, as in the rest of the world, there are serious and significant effects on the health of children arising from environmental contami- nation. On 9–11 April 2000, the first biannu- al meeting on Environmental Threats to the Health of Children in the Asian Pacific was held in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, with over 120 attendees representing 15 countries. The goal of the conference was to bring to light the specific environmental con- ditions existing in the Western Pacific Basin countries that are affecting the health of chil- dren living in these countries and to raise awareness of the special vulnerability of chil- dren to degradation of the environment. Through open discussion the meeting fos- tered both an in

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