Addressing healthy settings in Malawi
In May 2016, the International Federation for Environmental Health held their bi-annual World Congress on Environmental Health in Malawi in partnership with the Malawi Environmental Health Association.
The 4 day congress welcomed over 150 delegates from 27 countries across 5 continents and consisted of presentations of original research, as well as expert panels, workshops and technical visits. We were delighted to be able to present a wide range of the work being done by the SCHI team in Malawi. Those in attendance were from academia, government officials, professionals in environmental health practice and other partners/stakeholders.
Overall the SCHI team presented 5 areas of the programme work through oral and poster presentations. Tracy Morse gave a plenary presentation on the use of the healthy settings approach as an option for community health development. This was then supported by presentations from Becky Laidlaw (use of mHealth in health education), Sothin Ziba (Implementing Healthy Settings in Communities and Healthy Markets) and Rossanie Daudi (Health Promoting Schools). Sarah Rippon presented a poster on Social Capital in community development.
All presentations were well received and raised a lot of interest from academics and professionals from all areas. The need to ensure were are dealing with the public needs and priorities were themes seen throughout the week, emphasising the need for effective community based health approaches no matter the location or socio-economic status of the country in question.
We look forward to engaging with our global network on these issues in the future to highlight the key role the environmental health profession has in the implementation and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.