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In this book the author proposes that water resources be deliberately developed in ways that promote health and social well-being without detriment to the environment.

TitleDams and disease : ecological design and health impacts of large dams, canals and irrigation systems
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsJobin, W.R.
Paginationxiv, 580 p. : fig., maps, photogr., tab.
Date Published1999-04-29
PublisherE & FN Spon
Place PublishedLondon, UK
ISBN Number0419223606
Keywordsargentina, brazil, case studies, china, dams, dominican republic, ecology, egypt river nile, environmental impact, eritrea, health impact, iran, morocco, nigeria, pakistan, panama, puerto rico, sdihyg, sdiwrm, senegal, somalia, sudan, uganda, usa tennessee, water resources development, water-related diseases, zambezi river basin, zimbabwe
Abstract

In this book the author proposes that water resources be deliberately developed in ways that promote health and social well-being without detriment to the environment. It is argued that this approach will avoid the negative impacts of large dams, canals and irrigation systems that currently abound in developing countries. He calls for the restructuring of the UN family of organizations that deal with water and health. In this new approach it is proposed that the World Health Organization should creatively join the World Bank in promoting healthy development of tropical water resources. It is recommended that the World Bank modify its procedures for promoting health impact assessments in its water projects, by enlisting the global expertise of the World Health Organization. The book is divided into seven parts. Part I on health opportunities, introduces a concept of health opportunity as related to water resource development, especially in the Tropics. Descriptions of tropical diseases associated with water projects are also given, as well as the procedures for developing health assessments. Part II examines the major water resource engineering and construction projects in the Americas. Part III is on West Africa, Part IV covers the River Nile and the Horn of Africa and Part V is on Southern Africa. Part VI is on the Middle East and Asia, and Part VII is a Final Summary. This last part includes a compact set of guidelines for planners, followed by an Appendix which presents in detail on the ecology of tropical diseases, as well as more information on some computer simulations used in predicting snail and insect populations, and disease transmission. The book covers 35 case studies from 25 countries.

NotesIncludes references Includes index Includes glossary of chemical names
Custom 1210, 203.1

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