Thursday July 24, 2014    

Environmental Health News:
If these walls could talk: Adobe homes in Peru's Andes tell a centuries-old toxic tale

Update on EHC Member Activities

Cerro Rico de Potosí
The Environmental Health Council is an international, interdisciplinary, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to identifying, evaluating and remediating the effects of environmental toxins in affected communities. By examining specific environmental health issues from distinct perspectives, the Council collaborates to develop innovative, integrated, interdisciplinary, comprehensive, measurable, mutually reinforcing, culturally relevant and feasible strategies and programs to reduce community exposures to environmental toxins and improve their health and quality of life.

The Council reflects decades of experience of its members who represent diverse fields, including but not limited to, air quality and modeling, public health, health risk assessment, epidemiology, medicine, biostatistics, soil science, chemistry, engineering, ecology, anthropology, community development, human rights, law and ethnohistory. Areas of expertise include study design, institutional review board protocols, data collection, transport, and chemical analysis, community outreach and grassroots initiatives. Uniting experts from such diverse fields allows for the synergies, innovations and insights which such interdisciplinary approaches foster, while building a highly focused momentum to solving multifaceted and complex environmental problems.

View of Huancavelica, Peru
The Council is presently focusing on heavy metal contamination in the Andean region, specifically in the cities of Huancavelica, Peru, and Potosí, Bolivia, and has developed a three year plan to assess and address mercury-related health risks in these two cities. This will involve additional data gathering and analysis which will serve as the basis for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated, multifaceted, measurable, culturally relevant and feasible remediation plan and other health interventions.

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