Dedicated to the protection of children from environmental hazards
Children are essential to our future and the continuation of human life. Children around the world are confronted by multiple environmental threats to health, including toxins, air pollution, psychosocial stress, and climate change. Infants and children are often exquisitely vulnerable to these threats; exposures during critical windows of vulnerability have been associated with a wide range of childhood diseases. Early life exposures can also increase the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood. To protect children from environmental threats to their health and to enable them to reach their full potential and become healthy adults, ISCHE calls upon societies around the world to take actions to safeguard children. All children, in every country and community, have a right to a safe and healthy environment to live, grown, play, and learn. ISCHE considers the protection of children’s health against environmental threats to be an ethical and moral responsibility.
ISCHE is a private, non-profit society composed of children’s environmental health professionals with the goal of using research, training, policy, clinical care, community outreach, and education to reduce the impact of adverse chemical, physical, biological and social influences on children’s health. Its members represent a wide variety of disciplines, including epidemiologists, chemists, toxicologists, clinicians, public health practitioners, policymakers, community leaders, and students. ISCHE is well positioned to synthesize and translate the science of children’s environmental health to physicians, public health officials, policymakers and parents via position papers, technical reports and testimony. ISCHE is dedicated to supporting the career development and enhancement of professionals in the field of children's environmental health.