INCHES is an international network that promotes children’s health and environment. This requires protecting them from harmful environmental exposures. That is our mission!

Which ideas come to your mind when you think about this? Which questions? What can we do better?

Ask our network to support your activities. Or better: join INCHES and we can promote children’s health together. How to join? Write us an email or letter. Explain what your organisation does, tell us that you support our mission and join us.

Indonesia’s gold mines are causing birth defects. More than a million small-scale miners in this island nation are poisoned, which is
leaving children with crippling birth defects.

Article in National Geographic

featuring Stephan Boese- O’Reilly

WHO: 13 million people die annually from preventable environmental causes Filthy drinking water, mosquitoes and other avoidable menaces kill 13 million people a year, the World Health Organization writes in  a 104-page report called “Preventing Disease through Healthy Environments.” While 24 percent of the diseases affecting the general population result from exposure to threats in the environment, the figure rises to more than 33 percent for children, it said.

HEAL is working on the reduction of coal power plants. In Europe there are several countries that are in the process of phasing out coal power plants. This will benefit children by the substantial reduction of emitted compounds. See HEAL for more information.

By removing bromine atoms from the large Deca PBDE flame retardant used in computers and televisions, microbes may be able to transform it into banned compounds. Research published on ES&T’s ASAP website (DOI: 10.1021/es052508d
documents that microbes can break down the large molecules of the widely used Deca PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ether) flame retardant. The paper raises concerns about the Deca flame retardant’s safety by showing that various bacteria can work in concert to remove the bromine atoms from the Deca compound to produce the smaller PBDE compounds that have been banned in the EU and discontinued in the U.S.

PAST conferences

9th Conference on Children’s environmental Health in Seoul, Korea, June 2018.

International summit on exposures to environmental hazards during early life and their long term consequences, with a focus on exposures, mechanisms, health effects and implications for clinical practice and policy.

Go to the website for information on the content of that meeting: PPTOX IV

Topics of Children’s Environmental Health (CEH), including basic science, clinical and laboratory aspects (epidemiology, biomonitoring), regulation, Sustainable Development, Green Energy, Recycling, Child Safety, aspects of Health Management, Health Policy and Health Economy involving CEH.
Announcement Jerusalem

This conference – the sixth after Amsterdam (1998), Washington 2001), London (2004), Vienna(2007) and Bangalore (2010) offers a world-wide platform dealing with health problems of children caused by important environmental influences.

The conference had a tremendous participation from Asian partners, working on children’s environmental health issues.

International Conference on Children, Health and Environment in June 2007 in Vienna.
Scientific programme

International Conference on Children, Health and Environment. This conference was conducted in cooperation with the EU-funded project PINCHE.

International Conference on Children, Health and Environment. This event was attended by more than 500 participants. The last day, September 11, was broken off due to the events in the USA

INCHES was established by a group of organizations including representatives of NGO’s, universities, World Health Organization, U.S Environment Agency and the European Environment Agency in 1998 in Amsterdam at the first International Conference on Children’s Environmental Health.