Copyright © Global Environmental Health LAB, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization [501(c)(3)].
Global Environmental Health (GEH) LAB Inc. was established based on Dr. Tomoyuki Shibata's research group in order to further promote and support safe and healthy environments on a local, regional, and global scale through conducting collaborative public health research, and foster scientific engagement, and capacity-building activities. The corporation will improve the scientific basis of global health decision making and build mechanisms for sustainable scientific practice in low and middle income countries. While contributing to effective and efficient disaster and humanitarian response, the Global Environmental Health LAB will foster the next generation of multidisciplinary professionals and empower vulnerable populations to address global health challenges.
The Corporation is formed exclusively for charitable and research purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This include making distributions to organization that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Our Mission: We will promote and support safe and healthy environments on a local, regional, and global scale through conducting collaborative public health-related research, scientific engagement, and capacity-building activities.
Our Goals: To improve the scientific basis of global health decision making and build mechanisms for sustainable scientific practice in low and middle income countries and to contribute to effective and efficient disaster and emergency response and prevention efforts
Fig. 2. The Sustainable Development Goals. Source: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/news/communications-material/
There are approximately seven billion people in the world, but living conditions for hundreds of millions of people still need to be improved (UN 2001). It has been estimated that various environmental factors (e.g. chemical, biological, physical, and socioeconomic factors) contribute to 24 percent of the global disease burden and 23 percent of all deaths (Prüss-Üstün A, Corvalán C. 2006). Environmental risk factors for children have been estimated to be five times greater than the total population. Many common childhood diseases and injuries that are associated with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can be preventable or at least some of their risk are modifiable (Shibata et al. 2015). Environmental health intervention is expected to be one of the most effective and affordable ways to protect public health compared to the conventional approaches (Prüss-Üstün A, Corvalán C. 2006).
In order to improve the health and social being of vulnerable groups,it is important to foster a strong scientific foundation for better decision making. It is also important to establish both local and global partnerships (MDG 8) among governments, NGOs, industries, and academic institutions that can work together onMDGs beyond 2015andSustainable Development Goals.