South-East Asian Children’s Environmental Health: networking to improve health outcomes


  • Peter D. Sly Children’s Health and Environment Program, Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.
  • Neeranuch Arphacharus Bureau of Environmental Health, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand.
  • Wai Phyo Aung Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health and Sports, Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Gwen W. Coleman Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA.
  • Mary V Gamble Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • Joseph Graziano Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • Doan Ngoc Hai National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, Ha Noi City, Vietnam.
  • Dennis L. Henshaw Children with Cancer, London, UK.
  • Panida Navasumrit Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Beerappa Ravichandran Regional Occupational Health Centre, Bangalore, India.
  • Mathuros Ruchirawat Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • William A. Suk Superfund Research Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA
  • Ugyen Tshering Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Thimphu, Bhutan



Major progress has been made in improving the health of vulnerable populations, especially children and pregnant women in low and middle income countries after the launch of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. While fewer children die, many now face the prospect of years lived with disability (YLD) from chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The estimate for the total YLD for children under-5 years of age for South-East Asia was 2,780,104 in 2015. To improve the health outcomes for children globally, the World Health Organization’s Department of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health has designated a number of collaborating centres, each with differing areas of expertise. The collaborating centres have formed a network to address children’s environmental health (CEH) issues at the local, national, regional and international levels. However, many gaps in knowledge exist. To further this aim, the 1st Regional Workshop of South-East Asian Children’s Environmental Health was held at the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, on 18th November 2016. The workshop was attended by three of WHO Collaborating Centres with representatives of five regional countries of Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Workshops such as this one are designed to bring together researchers and policy makers from regionals areas to identify and close gaps in knowledge.




How to Cite

Sly, P. D., Arphacharus, N., Aung, W. P., Coleman, G. W., Gamble, M. V., Graziano, J., Hai, D. N., Henshaw, D. L., Navasumrit, P., Ravichandran, B., Ruchirawat, M., Suk, W. A., & Tshering, U. (2020). South-East Asian Children’s Environmental Health: networking to improve health outcomes. Bhutan Health Journal, 3(2), 15-18.