oa South African Health Review - Environmental health : framework for transformation

Volume 2002 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



This chapter reviews some recent developments in the environmental health sector and their implications for improved access to the basic services necessary for poverty alleviation, socio-economic development and health improvement, particularly in rural areas. It cannot be assumed that the excellent potential for improved coordination between environmental health and basic services provision, provided for in the National Health Bill, will be achieved. Far-reaching advocacy initiatives will be required by the Department of Health, other departments, the South African Institute of Environmental Health and broader role-players - notably civil society - to motivate municipalities to make the necessary staff and funds available to resource this role, and to strengthen inter-sectoral and inter-governmental relationships. In tandem with this, a far-reaching re-orientation is needed in the way environmental health professionals are trained, deployed and regard their own role.

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