Mitigating environmental effects on health
MdM takes a three-pronged approach to reducing the impact of the environment on health:
Polluted living environments
Through the support we provide to vulnerable population groups, we are able to gain knowledge about their living conditions. This knowledge, combined with the data we collect throughout our missions, enables us to identify harmful environments. We then work with populations living and working in the most harmful environments to help them lessen the impact on their health. We also carry out advocacy actions aimed at reducing insalubrity, promoting access to safe water and prohibiting the causes of toxicity.
Activities involving the risk of toxic exposure
Our purpose is to support people whose income-generating activities expose them to toxic substances harmful to their health. By adopting a risk reduction approach, we wish to build people’s capacities to protect themselves and reduce their exposure to toxic substances. We do so without trying to dissuade them from carrying out activities on which their livelihoods depend. At a political level, we will carry out a relevant advocacy action to achieve a reduction in the toxicity of substances used, without worsening the economic situation of these workers by causing an increase in the price of these substances, for example. We will also seek to prevent the introduction of regulations that would prohibit them from working.
Ensuring the sustainability of our actions
In areas where recurrent environmental risks are identified, we systematically adopt a disaster risk reduction (DRR) approach on our projects right from the design stage, working with the communities and authorities outside of crisis periods. The aim is to ensure the sustainability of actions for coping with foreseeable environmental hazards (cyclones, flooding, etc.).
To empower people living or working in harmful environments to lessen the impact of these environments on their own health and that of their families.
● To ensure that people who carry out or suffer the consequences of polluting activities are able to lessen the impact of these activities on their own health and that of their families;
● To empower people living in inappropriate or harmful conditions in polluted areas to lessen the impact of this environment on their own health and that of their family, especially in dense urban areas.
● Through our advocacy, to help restrict the sources of pollution in living and working environments (including through the decontamination of polluted sites by major polluters) and help people obtain occupational exposure status and recognition.
● To promote advocacy on health-risk prevention and the improvement of living environments, especially in dense urban areas.