THEME: Environmental Health: The Dynamics, Application, Implications and Way Forward in Nigeria’s Healthcare Delivery System
INAUGURAL LECTURER: Prof. Amadi, Agwu Nkwa
SCHOOL: Department of Public Health Technology, School of Health Technology
AFFILIATION: Federal University of Technology Owerri
Globally, nearly 25% of all deaths and of the total disease burden can be attributed to the environmental health status. In children, environmental risk factors account for slightly more than one-third of the disease burden. These findings have important policy implications, as the environmental risk factors can be modified by established and cost-effective interventions. The interventions promote equity by benefiting everyone in society while addressing the needs of those most at risk. It is in this regard that the Ministers of Health and Environment in Africa met on 28th-29th August 2008 in Libreville, Gabon and signed the Libreville Declaration,which identified eleven action points, their related specific activities, resource requirements, stakeholders and timelines. This has resulted in developing a situation analysis and needs assessment (SANA) by most African Countries, conveying environmental risks to human health and ecosystem integrity, health and environmental strategic alliance, National Framework to address environmental impacts, inter-sectoral programmes related to poverty reduction strategy, National capacities, Knowledge management, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and resource mobilization and allocation.
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