Global Change, Water and Health in Fast Growing Economies

Subramanian, Saravanan / Peter P. Mollinga / Janos J. Bogardi
Externe Publikationen (2011)

in: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3 (6), 461-466


It is well known that water and sanitation are important to address major water-related diseases. Less known is the impact of continuous exposure to poor water quality on human health in fast growing economies comprising about half of the world's population. Crucial questions persist — Does the economic success of emerging countries translate into improved water management and better human health, or pose additional risks? How does population growth, development of agriculture, industrialisation and urbanisation affect human health in poverty-stricken and undernourished regions? Though science has contributed significantly in addressing the threat from water-related diseases, solutions to these complex problems are still sought in a simple, one-dimensional ‘cause-effect remedy’ context. This paper calls for scientific and policy initiatives to move beyond this stage to understand the complex links between water and health. In addition, it urges the international community to establish a scientific monitoring and research platform to spearhead the efforts and spread information on improving water quality and human health.

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