Ministerial report back for the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE)


June 13 to 15, 2007, was the interim report back for the 53 Member States of the WHO Euro region since the signing of the declaration and commitment to the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) some 2 years ago in Budapest.

During the meeting in Vienna, Austria, it was exciting to hear a number of Member States reported on injury action and specifically shared their country action by detailing their participation in the Child Safety Action Plan (CSAP) project of the European Child Safety Alliance. As well in the opening plenary by the Austrian Minister of Health, the Austrian CSAP was given as a successful country example. Multi level discussions and partnerships have been occurring in several Member States and it was positive to hear Alliance Members in Austria, Hungary and Portugal preparing and/or presenting Member State report backs.

An NGO presentation was also part of the plenary Inter-ministerial report back in which the Alliance presented the current challenges and way forward for child injury prevention in the Europe region. As part of this Inter-ministerial report back, CEHAPE awards were promoted and presented. Over 100 applicants from more than 30 countries submitted a prevention strategy related to children's environment and health. Two injury initiatives were award winners:

Safe Roads to School in Faro by the Portuguese Association for Child Safety Promotion, and Pediatric Prevention Counseling by Grosse sch├╝tzen Kleine. Descriptions and photos of these award winners are also available on the Alliance website.

The next inter-ministerial report back will be held in Rome, Italy in 2009 where further progress on the 4 regional priority goals which include action on child injury prevention will be highlighted.

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