n South African Medical Journal - Challenging times for environmental health in South Africa : the role of the Environmental Health Research Network : editorial




Environmental health aims to create environments supportive of good health and to minimise disease. This is achieved by controlling environmental factors that impact adversely on human health. Throughout Africa, modern environmental health hazards, including mercury, lead, air toxins, water contaminants, pesticides, and domestic and hazardous waste, need to be addressed alongside longstanding environmental health concerns such as poor housing, inadequate water and sanitation, and exposure to indoor air pollution from the use of solid and liquid fuels for cooking.


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