Centre for Children’s Environmental Health of South Africa (CCEHSA)

_______ mission _______

_______ our values _______

  • Putting children first
  • Embracing the Environment
  • Community involvement
  • Cooperation, solidarity, and partnership
  • Social responsibility

_______ what we do _______

  • advocate for child environmental health

    We strive to accelerate and amplify environmental health knowledge and practices that affects the children of South Africa.

  • build partnerships

    Initiating and collaborating with other organisations on knowledge exchange on children’s environmental health issues and public health challenges.

  • driving change

    Assist interested parties in establishing targets and verifying performance in the promotion of children’s environmental health.

  • enhance literature

    We aim to reduce ill-health caused by environmental factors amongst children by growing the literature base on children’s environmental health.

  • promote awareness

    enhance children’s health through promoting awareness on healthy environments for children.

  • training support

    We provide support and training expertise to Early Childhood Development centres on children’s environmental health.

_______ the challenges _______

  • air pollution

    air pollution

    If your child breathes in high levels of air pollution over a long period of time, they might be at risk of: their lungs not working as well as they grow […]

  • climate change

    climate change

    Climate change threatens the ability of families and communities to provide safe housing, nutritious food, high-quality medical care and learning opportunities

  • lead exposure

    lead exposure

    Exposure to lead can seriously harm a child’s health, including damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning

  • poor quality housing

    poor quality housing

    Poor living conditions can also prevent children from engaging in playful and social activities, which are beneficial to their cognitive, social, and emotional well-being.

_______ example projects _______

  • Advocacy


    For two weeks in November 2022, world leaders held climate negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, at the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). Their conversations were informed by the […]

  • Climate Change Webinar

    Climate Change Webinar

    CCEHSA conducted a training webinar for educators in collaboration with South African Medical Research Council and Environmental Health Research network. The purpose of the webinar was to improve the quality […]

  • Early Childhood Development Practitioner Training

    Early Childhood Development Practitioner Training

    CCEHSA conducted ECDCs Practitioner training webinar in partnership with CEHN, USA. Washington DC to create an awareness on the impact of pesticides, lead exposure and indoor air quality on children’s […]

  • Environmental Health Leadership Program For High School Learners

    Environmental Health Leadership Program For High School Learners

    An environmental health leadership and learning program for the youth can increase their environmental awareness, improve their pro-environmental behavior, increase social capital, strengthen the environmental health literacy of the youth and motiving them to pursue careers in science, and create future civic-minded leaders to provide a sustainable environment for future generations.

  • HPCSA Accredited training for Environmental Health Practioners

    HPCSA Accredited training for Environmental Health Practioners

    EHP’s are the first line of defense in identifying environmental health risks and hazards which directly affect the health of children. Awareness and knowledge will empower them to act swiftly […]

_______ the team _______