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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 19  |  Page : 65
The International Network on Children's Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES)


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The mission of INCHES is to promote healthy and supportive environments that protect the foetus and child from environmental and safety hazards.

Children's susceptibility to environmental factors

Children are more susceptible to environmental hazards than previously thought. Children are in a dynamic state of growth, as many vital systems such as the nervous, immune, and respiratory systems are not fully developed at birth. Because children are still developing, exposure to environmental hazards may result in disruption of their normal development and may cause damage.

The goals of INCHES

Partners from all regions of the world works together within the framework of INCHES to achieve the following objectives:

  • to increase understanding of and accordance on how environmental factors influence child health;
  • to create a global clearinghouse of research and information on children's environmental health;
  • to educate and facilitate information exchange on the best practices and policies in children's environmental health;
  • to identify information gaps and stimulate new research; and
  • to advocate for children's environmental health in the intergovernmental arena.


Promoting children's health requires protecting them from harmful environmental exposure. This includes exposure to harmful physical, chemical and biological microorganisms and pollutants in water, air, soil and food.

Members and chapters

Members of INCHES include national and international professional associations, research and policy institutes, advocacy organisations, universities, parents' and children's organisations, national and intergovernmental agencies and individuals. INCHES reflects the perspectives of a wide spectrum of professions on the relationships between environment, health and children.

INCHES has regional chapters in the Russian Federation, Europe and South America, and a regional network is developing in Africa. INCHES has initiated may projects and co­organised conferences and workshops and disseminates information on the relationship between environmental factors and child health. Solid facts and good examples will be made available on the Internet as INCHES develops.

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