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Epidemiology and health-environment relationship: reflections on environmental change, sustainable development and population health

Author(s): Diana M. Montoya | Félix M. Olaya | Yuli V. Carvajal | Sandra J. Echavarría | Alejandro Arango C | Clara M. Domínguez | Héctor A. Marín | Camilo Noreña H | Cesar A. Higuita | Juan F. Saldarriaga | Eliana Martínez H | Carlos Rojas A

Journal: Revista Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública
ISSN 0120-386X

Volume: 27;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 211;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: environmental epidemiology | sustainable development | environmental justice | climate change.

This essay presents a discussion on current environmental problems and their relationship to the health of populations. The limitations of the model of economic and social development are analyzed focusing on the augmentation of the capital and the industrial production and its negative impact on natural resources, the balance of ecosystems and human vulnerability. The methodological basics and the developments in environmental epidemiological approach are exposed analyzing their main potential application. Finally, options for solutions are formulated linking them to the premises of sustainable development and environmental justice. The responsibility of the academic environment is pointed out in the training of human and scientific resources in the field of environmental epidemiology, as well as the role of the community in terms of environmental awareness and active participation from a point of view that becomes critical, responsible and capable of defining proposals to make part of the solution.
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