Policy Frameworks on Health and Environment Linkages

  • Crescenti Y. DakuboEmail author


The linkages between human health and environmental conditions are well established. Yet the extent to which environmental actions and health actions are coordinated to jointly respond to environment and health challenges is still limited. This limited capacity to develop integrated environment and health policy frameworks is particularly eminent in developing countries, where many sectors still prefer to develop policies in silos despite the apparent linkages or implications with other sectors. In addition, this challenge is augmented by the sectoral institutionalization and prioritization of health and environment in different regions of the world. For example in Africa, the health sector is highly prioritized over the environment sector (WHO Regional Office for Africa 2009), despite the fact that many of the major killers, including malaria, diarrhoea, and respiratory infections are strongly influenced by environmental factors.


European Union United Nations Environment Programme Safe Drinking Water European Union Member State African Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thunder BayCanada

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