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Title: Development of a Health and Environment Geographic Information System (HEGIS) for Poland : report on a WHO workshop, Lodz, Poland 13-15 April 1997
Authors: World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe
Language: English
Abstract: The participants agreed that health and environment information systems, on both national and subnational levels, are useful tools for the systemic collection, analysis and interpretation of health and environmental data. The development of a national health and environment report and the setting of priorities in the national environment and health action plan should be based on the analytical assessment of routinely collected data from existing monitoring networks as well as from ad hoc investigations. The use of a geographical information system for this purpose is desirable. The participants agreed that HEGIS should be developed as part of national environment and health action plans, to provide a framework for the coordinated collection, storage, update, analysis and display of environment and health monitoring data, and as a tool to support decision-making. It is recommended that the indicators used in HEGIS in Poland for monitoring the implementation of NEHAP be developed according to the national priorities established by the Polish State Commission for Sustainable Development and follow the recommendations on indicators developed by WHO. The most important areas of HEGIS applications at national, subnational and local levels in a national environment and health action plan comprise: (i) describing the demographic characteristics and the health of the population in urban and rural areas; (ii) analysing the spatial distribution of environmental pollution and hence identifying areas of greatest environmental health concern; and (iii) estimating the health impact of environmental pollutants
Description: English only
EUR/ICP/EHPM 06 02 04
5 p.
Subject: Information Systems
Environmental Health
Environmental Monitoring
Health Status Indicators
Data Collection
Context: methods
metadata.dc.subject.other: Environment and Public Health
Gov't Doc #: EUR/ICP/EHPM 06 02 04
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