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Medical community discuss health and coal in Serbia

Last month HEAL co-hosted a conference of medical experts on health and coal combustion in Serbia, together with the Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut” and the Professional Association of Physicians.

During the conference entitled “Solid fuels combustion as risk factor - What can be done about air pollution, health and its related costs in Serbia?” health experts discussed the latest science on air pollution in Serbia and the magnitude of the problem of Serbian coal thermal power plant and coal domestic combustion.

Physicians presented information on air pollution and related health findings in different regions of the country; debated about the need of a position by physicians on air pollution from coal in Serbian and its effects on health and; talked about the necessity to be more strategically and systematically involved in policy and advocacy processes.

In Serbia, although local health and medical experts are becoming increasingly concerned about air pollution and the role of coal, and joining many health and medical organisations across the world, so far physicians in Serbia have not been systematically vocal nor involved in national decision-making processes regarding air quality and health.

HEAL appreciates the fruitful debate on health and coal in Serbia, and would like to thank the partners Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut” and the Serbian Medical Society for their great involvement and effort to organise such an important event. Also, HEAL would like to acknowledge IFMSA-Serbia for their volunteer help and support.

HEAL’s Project Coordinator on Energy and Health, for South and Central Eastern European countries Vlatka Matkovic Puljic organised and participated at the conference

Originally posted on 18 December 2014

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