CSA Spring steering group meeting


he biannual European Child Safety Alliance Spring Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Health on June 17, 2010 with participants from more than 20 countries.

ECSA Spring 2010 Meeting, Ministry of Health, Spain

The meeting opened with an address delivered by Maria Astorga of the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Deputy General Director of Health, Rosa Ramirez, who could not attend due to illness.

In her address she emphasised the right of children to a safe environment and shared that more attention is now being devoted to injury and violence whereas previously, illnesses had dominated public health resources. She added that this was in keeping with the role of injury in health inequalities as pertains to "2010 – Year of Fight on Poverty and Social Exclusion."

Agenda items for the steering group meeting included discussion of implementation of the new Alliance business plan, the organisation's infrastructure, and updates from the secretariat as well as national partners regarding activities within home, water, transport and product safety. Programme Manager Morag MacKay provided updates on summary reporting for CSAP and feedback and results from the Ministerial meeting which took place in Parma in March of this year.

The Steering Group took the opportunity to discuss a series of proposals under development, and to forge collaborative plans for upcoming action.

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