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Children’s health and health outcomes (such as asthma, cancer, lead poisoning).


Announcement for the 11th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment

We are writing to request your participation at the 11th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment, to be held 27-28th of October 2023 , at the hotel “Wyndham” congress centre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. You may register at the registration page:  registration. See for program the conference page.

The call for abstracts can be found at: abstract submission.  Send an email to: for any other question.


INCHES is an organization which promotes children’s health. This requires protecting them from harmful environmental

in 2o22: On 6th and 19th of January 2022 we organised two webinars on lead and children’s health. In cooperation with WHO these webinars are a follow-up of lead week last November. There were several presentations and a general discussion on how to proceed from science to policy recommendations. What do the policy makers need to kow from science?

Film competition

The International Network on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES) launches a 2nd  International Film Competition on Health and Environment called “Focus on Children in a Healthy Environment”. The nominated films and winners of two categories will be shown at international conferences and at the 11th International Conference on Children’s Environment and Health in the Netherlands: (27th – 28th October 2023). There are cash prizes up to € 1000 for the winners of two categories of films/videos: We will use YouTube or DVDs for submission of the films. Competition’s rules and regulations can be read and downloaded at

The 11th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment (hybrid)

International Conference “Mother and Child Health – Environmental Impact”

We are writing to request your participation in the 11th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment, to be held virtually or on-site on 27-28 October 2023, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

It is an important opportunity to share experiences and scientific advances about children’s health and environment. Scientists, Policy Makers, Pediatricians, Nurses, Doctors, Educators, Urban planners, Interest groups, are all asked to contribute to this international conference. International accreditation points secured!



International Network for Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES)

Karakalpakstan Medical Institute (KMI)

International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE)

Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan

UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO (to be invited and confirmed)

The conference has the following objectives:

  • to provide an international forum for the latest research findings in children’s environmental health
  • to define the relationship between environmental contaminants and children’s health
  • to emphasize the importance of prenatal exposure to environmental factors on child and mother health
  • to develop a greater awareness among health professionals about the relationship between children’s health and the environment; and
  • to initiate and direct future research in the field of children’s environmental health.


In the year 2022 we have been active to organise webinars. Two webinars on lead and children’s health and one webinar on 29th of September on E-waste and children’s health. Due to Covid our last, the 10th, Conference was a virtual meeting on the 1st and 2nd of December 2020.  There was a multidisciplinary audience from science, health, environment, risk assessment, social and many other domains. We celebrated very modestly the 10th Conference of INCHES since 1998. But besides celebrating we are also concerned about the state of the planet, of the health of children and the future of vulnerable groups. Therefore we did focus this year on climate change and new emerging challenges in children’s environmental health. INCHES joined the COP26 in Glasgow and collaborated with a great group of health professionals. We tried to get health into the reports of the COP26 but still too many delegations are not aware enough about all the health consequences of the climate change. We are joining International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) to prepare for the COP27 in November.  

Peter van den Hazel, chair of the INCHES Board .

We offering  the possibility to publish full papers in Environmental Research special issue for the INCHES2023 meeting.

The  title  of  the  special  issue has the working title “INCHES-11 for  children’s health”. Special editors are Joan Grimalt, Stephan Böse-O’Reilly and Peter van den Hazel.

INCHES will disseminate information and initiate research on the relationship between environmental factors and child health. Solid facts and good examples are made easily available on the Internet as the network develops. Parents, researchers and scientists, children’s organizations, children themselves are all potential partners with a stake in INCHES.
Children are more susceptible to most 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.

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