The Environmental Health and Pollution Management Institute (EHPMI) is one of the few non-governmental non-profit organizations working on issues of impacts of environmental pollution on health of people in low- and middle-income countries. The organization was established to unite efforts of national teams of professionals, experts and nonprofit groups working in Eastern Europe and Central Asia on problems of toxic persistent pollutants and associated health risks.
EHPMI has active teams and operates in the following countries: Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Mongolia. The national teams have been present and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region for over 15 years. With support of multiple donors EHPMI members implemented dozens of projects on investigating and solving problems of obsolete pesticides, heavy metals, and radioactive materials. These projects brought international expertise and helped building local capacity to identify, assess and cleanup highly contaminated areas; increased awareness of people about environmental health risks and ways to mitigate them; involved government agencies, scientific institutions, and industries in developing and implementing solutions to various environmental problems.
EHPMI team in each country may be part of a national office or a national member organization. National member organizations are usually civil society organizations or research institutions that lead environmental health initiatives in their countries and often have their own action and/or information networks that include other local and national organizations. Each national member organization represents EHPMI in respective country and defines priorities of work and implements EHPMI projects in that country.
A civil society organization or a research/education institution may apply to become an EHPMI member organization if they are ready and have the capacity to work on environmental health issues at the national level. The Founders Board reviews applications and makes the decision whether or not to accept a new member organization.