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A Community Guide to Environmental Health Paperback – July 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0942364569 ISBN-10: 0942364562 Edition: First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperian Foundation; First edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942364562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942364569
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This timely guide is the 'Where There Is No Doctor' of community water, sanitation and environmental health. It makes water, health and hygiene accessible to those who need it most. Focusing on the important intersection of public health and risk reduction at the community level FOR the community, this guide is literally a lifesaver. ----Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, Public Health Specialist, Oxfam America

Community work, especially our water and sanitation programs, are more effective and efficient when we have tools that meet the needs and expectations of the communities. Hesperian produces materials so creative and communicative, and of such quality and precision, that they allow us to respond to the many common problems of communities while recognizing that each case is unique. The flexibility of these materails makes them useful in a wide variety of social and geographic contexts. --Feliciano dos Santos, ESTAMOS, Mozambique, Winner of the 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa

Community work, especially our water and sanitation programs, are more effective and efficient when we have tools that meet the needs and expectations of the communities. Hesperian produces materials so creative and communicative, and of such quality and precision, that they allow us to respond to the many common problems of communities while recognizing that each case is unique. The flexibility of these materails makes them useful in a wide variety of social and geographic contexts. ----Feliciano dos Santos, ESTAMOS, Mozambique, Winner of the 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa

About the Author

Jeff Conant is an environmental activist, writer and editor. Pam Fadem is a writer and editor, health promoter and disability rights activist. Thrirty-three organizations from around the world also participated in the development of this book, reviewing the manuscript and suggesting revisions to make sure it meets their needs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew I. Stein on August 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Produced by the same people who publish Where There is No Doctor, this is an excellent, well illustrated guide for healthy, self-reliant living at a low-tech village level. It covers the gamut from dealing with toxic contamination from local mines or other industries, to village sewage sanitation for protecting the local water supply, to village health care, sustainable agriculture, pesticide and heavy metal issues, community renewable energy, community water systems, etc. A terrific resource guide for villages all over the world, especially those where corporate logging, mining, or manufacturing interests have had a negative impact on the health and welfare of the community. In addition to villages, this book is a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to live a relatively low-tech and low-impact lifestyle, whether on their own or as part of a self-reliant community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By topchef on April 14, 2011
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I am an MPH in environmental health and I can honestly tell you that this book is better than both of the classes I took about global environmental health issues put together. For $25 you really are getting more educational value than I paid my school (which is ranked #6 in the world btw) almost $5000 for.

While this fact makes me sad, you should rejoice and buy this book!!
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Like all Hesperian books, this one is written simply and cartoon-illustrated and is chock-full of useful information, primarily for people in developing countries, on subjects such as constructing latrines and ensuring safe and reliable water supplies. This particular volume is more political than most. That's unavoidable, since one of the main threats to environmental health is global corporate activity, ranging from dumping of toxic wastes to siphoning off of local water supplies to selling unhealthy foods or seeds that require unaffordable and toxic pesticides, and some seem to object to the questioning of anything done by a corporation.
However, the authors seem to be anti-corporate "true believers" who make a few questionable claims. Notably, they assert not just that GMOs may be unaffordable or lead to pesticide/herbicide resistance and biodiversity loss, but that they harm human health. The only study mentioned is a controversial one of uncertain quality. We do not yet know enough to fully judge this claim, and treating it as proven makes it appear that the authors have an ax to grind. In briefly discussing the problem of cancer, they note that combining conventional and traditional/alternative treatments may be beneficial - but they seem to say in one sentence that the conventional treatment could be acupuncture. Acupuncture is good for many things, but it doesn't cure cancer. They also comment that breast cancer treated early is "sometimes curable", whereas in fact a large majority of early cases can be cured by surgery alone. If their goal is to encourage poor women not to be too afraid to seek medical help quickly, "sometimes" is not the most optimistic word they could have picked.
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