Earlier this year The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), a Founder Member of the International Federation of Environmental Health, celebrated its 135th birthday and decided to mark the occasion by launching an International Essay Competition for students of Environmental Health across the world.

The aims of the competition were:

  • to raise the profile of international environmental health issues
  • to encourage student Environmental Health Professionals to consider Environmental Health in a global perspective, and
  • to promote the work of the Federation as the global umbrella organisation for environmental health.


The set topic was: How would you raise the profile of environmental health and make its delivery more relevant to government and policy makers over the next five years?

Competition entries were assessed by a panel of distinguished international environmental health academics and the panel has determined that the winning entry was submitted by:


 Claudette Parker-Allotey from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Claudette is photographed being presented with the winner’s award at the 11th World Congress on Environmental Health in Vancouver by Rod House,REHIS President and Bernard Forteath,President of the International Federation of Environmental Health.

 Claudette is a final year undergraduate student at Concordia University College of Alberta on the Environmental Health After-Degree programme.Claudette will receive £500.00 and a personalised certificate and her submission will be published in the winter edition of the REHIS Journal Environmental Health Scotland.


Gwyneth Kerwin from Stoneyburn, West Lothian, Scotland

Gwyneth graduated in June this year from The University of Strathclyde’s BSc (Hons) Environmental Health degree course.


John O’ Connor from Edenderry, Co. Offaly, Ireland

John is an undergraduate student about to enter the 2nd year of the Dublin Institute of Technology BSc Environmental Health degree course.


 Sammy Wafula Simiyu from Nairobi, Kenya
Sammy is a 3rd year undergraduate student at the Kenya Medical Training College on the Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences course.

 All entrants will receive a personalised certificate.

 The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland offers its congratulations to Claudette and takes this opportunity to publicly thank Koos Engelbrecht (South Africa),Barbara Delaney (Ireland),Harold Harvey (Northern Ireland),Tony Grimason (Scotland) and Steve Konkel (USA) for acting as the competition assessors.