Grants Target Safety and Health Outreach in Developing Countries

OEHS organizations in Venezuela, China, the Republic of Benin and Serbia and Montenegro are the recipients of the 2005 Worldwide Outreach Program grants from the Foundation for Occupational Health and Safety (FOHS), a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization that supports OEHS endeavors throughout the world.

The grant recipients are:

  • The Laboratory of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Abomey-Calavi (Republic of Benin) The University of Abomey-Calavi, along with the Lausanne Institute for Occupational Health Sciences, provides an occupational and environmental health training module to physicians in West Africa. Grant funds will be used to purchase occupational hygiene and toxicology textbooks and CD-ROMs in support of the development of a documentation center.
  • The Occupational Hygiene Department, Institute of Occupational and Radiological Health (Serbia and Montenegro) The Institute of Occupational and Radiological Health in Serbia and Montenegro provides educational training for OEHS professionals and investigates and applies new methods of prevention, diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation in the field of occupational and work-related diseases. Grant funds will be used to procure training materials related to course topics. Funds will help develop a reference library and assist in the education of labor inspectors and occupational hygiene students.
  • Occupational Health and Hygiene of Labor Environment Department, Institute of Higher Learning In Public Health (Venezuela) The Institute of Higher Learning In Public Health seeks to develop an experience and exchange program between ergonomics consultants and workers of Venezuela to promote preventative and corrective ergonomics. Grant funds will be utilized to purchase ergonomic measurement instruments, educational materials, computer software and related texts.
  • Research Department, China Labor Bulletin (Hong Kong) The China Labor Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based labor rights organization, plans to publish and distribute within China a 65-page report on the occupational safety and health situation in China, together with a 25-page report on the ongoing silicosis epidemic among jewelry workers, to various government and nongovernmental organizations and libraries. Grant funds will be used to offset the costs to produce and publish the reports.

Qualifying educational, professional and nongovernmental organizations and/or collaborating centers may apply for consideration to receive a Worldwide Outreach Program grant ranging between $1,000 and $2,000. Applications now are being accepted for the 2006 Worldwide Outreach Program Grant. Those seeking to further the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers for Occupational Health's 2006-2010 Work Plan are encouraged to apply.

Members of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists International Committee serve as a review panel for applications to receive grant funds. Grants are awarded annually to selected recipients.

Visit the FOHS Web site for grant proposal guidelines, a list of past recipients and other information.

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