The National Environmental Health Action Plan or NEHAP was first introduced in Malaysia way back in 2007, and much effort has been put in to consolidate the many piecemeal and fragmented work done previously in order to bring it to light. In fact, the Ministry of Health (MOH) was only given the task to take the lead in developing the action plans for the country from 5th December 2012. This visionary work that will transcend future generations has been entrusted to the Secretariat in the Engineering Services Division, MOH. Undeniably, this pivotal role requires much time, energy and creativity to translate the ideas of today into action plans that is applicable for the sustainability of environmental health of tomorrow.
In September 2013, Malaysia hosted the Third Ministerial Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries. Thus in the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Environment and Health, Malaysia and 13 other member countries unanimously agreed to develop and implement NEHAP that aims to put sustainable environment and health at the centre of development that will result in sustainability and improvements in environmental quality, enhancement of public health, and ensure the health of the future generations in the region.
Thanks to the assistance extended by the World Health Organization, this Guidance Document was developed together and in cooperation with the many agencies and stakeholders in Malaysia.
Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham bin Abdullah
Director General of Health Malaysia
18 June 2015