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World Information Transfer

Contact: Claudia Strauss

Web-address: www.worldinfo.org

Summary of Organisation:

World Information Transfer, Inc. (WIT) was formed in 1987 in response to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine. A small group of international health professionals, realising the long-term health implications of Chernobyl, established the organisation with the general purpose of promoting health and environmental literacy. The underlying premise was that accessible, accurate inforation is the surest way to protect citizens from devastating health effects of other environmental disasters.

Key programmes:

World Ecology Report - a quarterly newsletter of current international information on environmental and health issues. The report is published in 5 languages and is distributed to WIT members via WITís regional directors.

Annual International Conferences - titled Health & Environment: Global Partners for global solutions. Held at the UN Headquarters in NY, the conferences bring together international experts from medicine, science, government, education, business and the media.

Information Communication Technologies - CD-ROM Humanities Development Library. Also been invited to speak at the UN ECOSOC High Level Segment on ICT in 2000.

Humanitarian relief to hospitals and orphanages - to areas devastated by environmental degradation in Nations in transition.

Sustainability Centres - First established in Kiev, Ukraine, has since moved to Lviv. A second centre opened in Beirut.

Regions Covered:

Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, France, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Oceania, Western Europe.

Key Partners:

CONGO, IAEA, WHO