Acting on an Environmental Health Disaster: The Case of the Aral Sea.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/16795
Title:
Acting on an Environmental Health Disaster: The Case of the Aral Sea.
Authors:
Small, I; van der Meer, J; Upshur, R
Journal:
Environmental Health Perspectives
Abstract:
The Aral Sea area in Central Asia has been encountering one of the world's greatest environmental disasters for more than 15 years. During that time, despite many assessments and millions of dollars spent by large, multinational organizations, little has changed. The 5 million people living in this neglected and virtually unknown part of the world are suffering not only from an environmental catastrophe that has no easy solutions but also from a litany of health problems. The region is often dismissed as a chronic problem where nothing positive can be achieved. Within this complicated context, Medecins Sans Frontieres, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, is actively trying to assess the impact of the environmental disaster on human health to help the people who live in the Aral Sea area cope with their environment. Medecins Sans Frontieres has combined a direct medical program to improve the health of the population while conducting operational research to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the environmental disaster and human health outcomes. In this paper we explore the health situation of the region and the broader policy context in which it is situated, and present some ideas that could potentially be applied to many other places in the world that are caught up in environmental and human health disasters.
Affiliation:
Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan and the Aral Sea Area Program, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. msfh-tashkent@amsterdam.msf.org
Publisher:
Published by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Issue Date:
Jun-2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/16795
PubMed ID:
11445505
Language:
en
ISSN:
0091-6765
Appears in Collections:
Environmental Health; Water/Sanitation

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSmall, I-
dc.contributor.authorvan der Meer, J-
dc.contributor.authorUpshur, R-
dc.date.accessioned2008-01-24T15:23:38Z-
dc.date.available2008-01-24T15:23:38Z-
dc.date.issued2001-06-
dc.identifier.citationActing on an Environmental Health Disaster: The Case of the Aral Sea. 2001, 109 (6):547-9 Environ. Health Perspect.en
dc.identifier.issn0091-6765-
dc.identifier.pmid11445505-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/16795-
dc.description.abstractThe Aral Sea area in Central Asia has been encountering one of the world's greatest environmental disasters for more than 15 years. During that time, despite many assessments and millions of dollars spent by large, multinational organizations, little has changed. The 5 million people living in this neglected and virtually unknown part of the world are suffering not only from an environmental catastrophe that has no easy solutions but also from a litany of health problems. The region is often dismissed as a chronic problem where nothing positive can be achieved. Within this complicated context, Medecins Sans Frontieres, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, is actively trying to assess the impact of the environmental disaster on human health to help the people who live in the Aral Sea area cope with their environment. Medecins Sans Frontieres has combined a direct medical program to improve the health of the population while conducting operational research to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the environmental disaster and human health outcomes. In this paper we explore the health situation of the region and the broader policy context in which it is situated, and present some ideas that could potentially be applied to many other places in the world that are caught up in environmental and human health disasters.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPublished by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-
dc.rightsArchived on this site by Open Access permissionen
dc.subject.meshAgricultureen
dc.subject.meshHumanismen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshInternational Cooperationen
dc.subject.meshKazakhstanen
dc.subject.meshPesticidesen
dc.subject.meshPublic Healthen
dc.subject.meshUzbekistanen
dc.subject.meshWater Movementsen
dc.subject.meshWater Supplyen
dc.titleActing on an Environmental Health Disaster: The Case of the Aral Sea.en
dc.contributor.departmentUzbekistan/Turkmenistan and the Aral Sea Area Program, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. msfh-tashkent@amsterdam.msf.orgen
dc.identifier.journalEnvironmental Health Perspectivesen

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