DODOMA, 19 July 2019 – The Health and Pollution Action Plan (HPAP) of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), which was facilitated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Cleaner Production Center of Tanzania (CPCT) and the World Health Organization (WHO) with funding from the European Union (EU) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was launched today.
“Environmental pollution impacts the health of people and is a burden on the economy in terms of productivity losses and healthcare costs”, said the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Vice President’s Office (VPO), represented by Professor William Mwegoha, Director of Environment, Vice President’s Office. “The HPAP will strengthen our efforts to reduce environmental pollution and give them a push in the right direction. Furthermore, HPAP complements our 2013 Joint Plan of Action for the implementation of the Libreville Declaration and has motivated health and environment institutions to work together on the most pressing health and pollution challenges”.
The HPAP – together with its five project proposals focusing on air quality management in urban cities and municipalities; Wami-Ruvu water quality improvement by enhancing resource productivity of industries and strengthening water quality monitoring networks; reducing exposures to toxics in small scale mining; reduction of indoor air pollution due to domestic cooking; and sound management of pesticides to protect health of people while improving crop yields – was validated by a national workshop in February 2019.
“This is the start of the process, a rallying point for domestic stakeholders and development partners to address the health impacts of environmental pollution by pooling their knowledge and experience”, said Deputy Director of UNIDO’s Environment Department Nilguen Tas.
“The HPAP results from a series of stakeholder engagements, which included the identification and priortization of URT’s pollution issues as well as the preparation of project proposals to address these critical issues”, said UNIDO Representative for the United Republic of Tanzania Stephen Kargbo.
Led by VPO-DoE and MoHCDGEC, the HPAP was prepared by a technical working group comprising of representatives from the President’s Office-Regional Administration and Local Government, Ministries of Industry and Trade; Minerals; Water; Works, Transport and Communications; Occupational Safety and Health Authority; Government Chemist Laboratory Authority; Tanzania Pesticides Research Institute, Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission; National Environment Management Council; Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences; National Institute of Medical Research; AGENDA for responsible Environment, and the Cleaner Production Center of Tanzania, with technical support from UNIDO.
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