Posted on November 9, 2020

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is excited to present at the upcoming 2nd International Meeting on asbestos; this time virtually. The conference, organized by Quercus, will take place on November 19-20. This conference follows the creation of the SOS Asbestos Project, which is the first Support Group for Asbestos Victims in Portugal, whose mission is based on three essential pillars: Inform, Advise and Sensitize.

During the conference, speakers will cover topics such as risks associated with exposure to asbestos; what materials contain asbestos; risk groups; medical screening and diagnosis and treatment; how to assess and confirm the presence of asbestos; how to evaluate the release of fibers into the air; how to remove asbestos: care and criteria; judicial mechanisms for the classification of “victim of exposure to asbestos”; and solutions and materials alternative to materials containing asbestos in their composition. During the event, I will be presenting: “Asbestos: The Impact on Health, Prevention, and Policy.”

When we asked Carmen Lima, one of the conferences coordinators, about what she hopes to accomplish with this conference, she told us, “A world-class presentation of the state of the art and the presentation of good practices in the management of asbestos, as well as the identification of alternative materials. With this conference, there is hope that once information is shared, we will get closer to being able to identify asbestos in structures, and therefore protect Portuguese citizens from the harms and dangers of asbestos exposure.”

ADAO is honored to have been invited to speak at the event, and looks forward to expanding our global community and global advocacy efforts.

In unity,

Linda Reinstein

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