MIA project: Presentation on harmful impacts of mercury for healthcare workers held

Dec 13, 2017

Presentation for healthcare workers on preliminary results of mercury initial assessment in BiH, negative impacts of mercury on human health, identification of vulnerable population groups, roles of healthcare workers in the application of preventive measures in usage of mercury-containing products and methods of protection against harmful impacts of mercury was held in healthcare centre „Dr. Mustafa Sehovic“ Tuzla.

Healthcare workers play key role in raising awareness and advising vulnerable groups about the prevention from mercury exposures and early detections of mercury exposure.

Presentation was organized within UNDP project „Strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina Decision-Making Towards Becoming a Party to the Minamata Convention and Build Capacity for Implementation of Future Provisions“ (MIA project) financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). In order to raise awareness of the population about harmful effects of mercury on human health, with consent of the Federal Ministry of Health, UNDP distributed information material in health institutions in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2017.

The MIA Project undertakes a Mercury Initial Assessment to enable the country to determine the requirements and needs for becoming a Party to the Minamata Convention and to establish the foundations for undertaking future work towards the implementation of the Convention. The project has been implemented in cooperation with following partner institutions: Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the Federation of BiH, Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska and Government of Brcko District of BiH.

Additional information:
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury and mercury-containing products. The Convention was adopted on October 2013 in Japan.

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