HCWH at UN: Pollution Prevention = Disease Prevention

Informal Interactive Civil Society Hearing on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases United Nations, New York, NY, June 16, 2011 New York —

HCWH participated in a hearing at United Nations headquarters in preparation for a High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the prevention and control of Non-communicable Diseases that will be convened by the Secretary General in September.

Noting that nearly 1/10th of preventable deaths were caused by toxic substances, UMass Lowell professor Molly Jacobs, representing HCWH told participants that for chronic disease preventions to be comprehensive, they must include the reduction of risks posed by industrial toxicants.