Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

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The GAHP (Global Alliance on Health and Pollution) is an international collaborative body working to help low- and middle-income countries deal with toxic hotspots and solve environmental health problems. These toxic locations suffer greatly from pollution-related diseases. "The group will work with governments to clean-up toxic hotspots where children, especially, are being poisoned. It could also respond to emergencies such as a recent lead poisoning outbreak in Nigeria that killed hundreds of children." [1]

"This is a larger problem than most people are aware of. Some of the research coming out now finds that the amount of health damage caused by chemicals in toxic hotspots is as significant as that of malaria or tuberculosis."—Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth (Blacksmith Institute), Secretariat for the GAHP.[2]

The GAHP is the first international alliance of its kind to respond to the threat of toxic pollution on a worldwide scale. The executive committee of the GAHP is based at the World Bank. Pure Earth (formerly known as the Blacksmith Institute, an NGO that works on cleaning up some of the world's worst polluted sites, serves as Secretariat for the GAHP.

The GAHP is made up of an international alliance of members that includes the World Bank,UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, Asian Development Bank, the European Commission, the Ministries of Environment of several low- and middle-income countries, and other agencies. All GAHP members have an interest in fighting pollution. By banding together, GAHP members offer access to multiple lines of support and resources like a one-stop shop for pollution solutions.[3]

GAHP members include[edit]

  • Pure Earth (formerly known as Blacksmith Institute) (GAHP Secretariat)
  • Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • European Commission
  • Fundación Chile
  • Intendencia de Montevideo, Government of Uruguay
  • Inter American Development Bank (BID)
  • Komite Penghapusan Bensin Bertimbel (KPBB – Indonesian NGO)
  • La Agencia de Protección Ambiental de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Government of Argentina
  • Ministry of Health, Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of Indonesia
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of Madagascar
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of Mexico (SEMARNAT)
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of Perú (MINAM)
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Philippines (DENR)
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of Senegal
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of Uruguay, DINAMA
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • World Bank (WB)


  1. ^ Barber, Ben. "Global Alliance to Fight Toxic Pollution". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ September, Alphee. "A Global Alliance for a Toxics-Free World". The Global Journal. 
  3. ^ "One-Stop Shop for Pollution Solutions". The Pollution Blog.