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

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dc.contributor Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan and the Aral Sea Area Program, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. msfh-tashkent@amsterdam.msf.org
dc.creator Small, I
dc.creator van der Meer, J
dc.creator Upshur, R
dc.date 2001-06
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-31T07:09:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-31T07:09:05Z
dc.identifier Acting on an Environmental Health Disaster: The Case of the Aral Sea. 2001, 109 (6):547-9 Environ. Health Perspect.
dc.identifier 0091-6765
dc.identifier 11445505
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10144/16795
dc.identifier http://fieldresearch.msf.org/msf/handle/10144/16795
dc.identifier Environmental Health Perspectives
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10144/16795
dc.description 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.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Published by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
dc.rights Archived on this site by Open Access permission
dc.title Acting on an Environmental Health Disaster: The Case of the Aral Sea.

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