Healthy work for all.
Working conditions and health
Poor working conditions and poor education and information result in high rates of occupational and work-related diseases and injuries, including fatalities, and in low productivity and low work participation rates.
This is true both in high and low income countries. Policies and concrete measures should be in place to reduce the risks and to strengthen the human capacities preventing the losses of lives, health and working capacity, often causing poverty for families and communities.
Professional Occupational Safety and Health organizations and activities are needed to support workers, enterprises and communities in the improvement of working conditions and health.
Work participation of vulnerable groups such as people with chronic medical conditions, may need professional assistance as well.
However, the large majority of workers and enterprises don’t have professional aid. Appropriate online information and referral facilities for complex cases are often missing.
In a number of countries well-educated primary and community health care is providing basic activities for workers’ health (occupational health). In this way primary health care can make the difference when experts are absent.
Mission of LDOH
The foundation LDOH is an initiative of occupational health experts,who have done occupational health projects all over the world, in countries like Turkey, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Chili, Peru, Colombia, Antiles. LDOH has the mission to support professionals through developing and promoting good quality education and information on Occupational Safety and Health. Our focus is on supporting Occupational Safety and Health experts, and on committed primary and community health care professionals and volunteers. So, we want to contribute in meeting the huge global need for good education, training and information. In this effort we want to join other initiatives in the overarching objective of Universal Health Coverage (WHO).
As there is a shortage of well-educated professionals in the world, the foundation will contribute in the development and evaluation of new education and training programs and modern learning and information materials and facilities.
New ICT facilities and social media will give us so far unknown chances. We see it as a challenge to use new online opportunities optimally, often in blended forms: mixed with face-to-face contacts. International and interdisciplinary collaboration in these efforts is a must, given the scarce resources and the common challenges.
The foundation will start projects and activities to foster the mutual exchange of information, materials and experiences nationally and internationally. Building on existing activities of the committed experts, access will be offered to quality learning materials, tools such as guidelines, and information. Appropriate course programs and learning materials will be developed. The foundation will deliver train-the-trainers courses and will participate in related activities of others.