Healthy Tomorrows is a video series interviewing experts from around the world on children's environmental health issues, how and why children are at the most risk, and ways to address the global crisis.
These short videos are less than 15 minutes and provide a deep dive into different topics that might be of interest to policymakers, programme implementors and communities.
Even small amounts of lead exposure over time can have lifelong effects on children, inflicting irreversible damage to their developing bodies and brains. Therefore, prevention is paramount.
The Healthy Tomorrows video series hears from experts examining the impact of lead on children and how to prevent childhood lead exposure.
How lead (Pb) affects children and lifelong health
Howard Hu, professor of population and public health sciences at the University of Southern California, examines how lead (Pb) impacts children and lifelong health. He explains the life course paradigm, where lead exposure can start in the womb and move transgenerational.
How to test for lead in the environment
Jack Caravanos, clinical professor of environmental health sciences at New York University, and Bret Ericson, adjunct professor of environmental health sciences at New York University, share a tutorial on how to use a portable X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer to test for lead (Pb) in the environment.
Climate change is raising average global temperatures and increasing the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves. Populations everywhere are experiencing heat stress, which is contributing to significant negative health outcomes, particularly for infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly, outdoor workers and other vulnerable people. For infants, young children and pregnant women, greater heat stress increases the risk of adverse birth outcomes, chronic health issues and infant deaths.
How heatwaves harm children
Director of the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education at Columbia University, Cecilia Sorensen, provides her expert views on how children are uniquely at risk from extreme heat. She discusses how heat is a teratogen, affecting normal development. Therefore, it’s important to protect children from heat, using frameworks like ‘B.E.A.T. the Heat’.