UPDATED on September 22, 2012 International Day for Asbestos Victims Conference AGENDA

Posted on September 3, 2012

ADAO is pleased to share a guest blog from Marc Hindry of the French National Association of Asbestos Victims (ANDEVA). In October, ANDEVA will organize two phenomenal events in Paris. ~ Linda


                                             ANDEVA International Day For Asbestos Victims                                             & “A World without Asbestos” Demonstration

• On Friday, October 12, ANDEVA will host the “International Day for Asbestos Victims” conference, a gathering of about 250 participants from more than 20 countries.

• On Saturday, October 13, several thousand people will gather in the streets of Paris for a demonstration calling for “A World without Asbestos.”

            “International Day for Asbestos Victims”                                          Conference Details

The morning session of the conference will provide references regarding epidemiology of cancers caused by asbestos and the progress – modest but genuine – concerning therapies.

The afternoon session will detail the situation and specificities of various regions of the globe concerning asbestos, the awareness of hazards, and the situation of victims from several countries (Europe, Canada, United States, Brazil, Mexico, India, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Australia, etc).

The meeting serves a double purpose: to increase diffusion of scientific knowledge and to develop an international public health movement. This “International Day” follows several international meetings, the latest of which was held in Casale Monferrato, Italy, during April 2011. Some important issues have already been underlined:

  • a call for a worldwide ban on asbestos;
  • the urgency to stop double standards between industrialized and developing countries – the former exporting the asbestos cancer epidemic towards the latter;
  • the need to improve awareness and prevention of risks due to asbestos in place, above all within the building and maintenance trade;
  • the will to develop a priority for scientific and medical research on asbestos-related diseases;
  • and the wish to generalize the principles of “quick and fair” compensation for victims, drawing lessons from the example of the French compensation fund.

For more information, e-mail andeva@wanadoo.fr

Marc Hindry, ANDEVA