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    • Mr Fluffy crisis hits home.
      The name Mr Fluffy might sound harmless, but the contamination of more than 1000 homes with deadly asbestos in the 1970s is the stuff of nightmares. This week, the full impact of the Mr Fluffy company's actions in the national capital hit home.
    • Powerful insecticide turns up in major Midwest rivers.
      A pervasive agricultural insecticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees is now a near-constant presence in the small and great rivers that flow through Midwestern farm country, according to the first major review of its kind.
    • Cleaning up after pot growers challenges North Coast.
      Deep in a private Mendocino Coast forest, trees and brush give way to terraced clearings, miles of irrigation tubing and campsites littered with toxic pesticides. They are the remnants of a marijuana garden.
    • Hold the regret? Fast food seeks virtuous side.
      A handful of rapidly growing regional chains around the country — including Tender Greens, LYFE Kitchen, SweetGreen and Native Foods — offer enticements like grass-fed beef, organic produce, sustainable seafood and menus that change with the season. And despite the higher costs and prices, all are thriving and planning national expansions.
    • Russia sues Mcdonald's, questioning quality of the food.
      Russia’s consumer protection agency has filed a claim accusing the restaurant chain of violating government nutritional and safety codes in a number of its burger and ice cream products, a Moscow court announced Friday.
    • In Ethiopia, family planning increasingly an article of faith.
      Leaders from all religious traditions smooth the way for contraception on the idea that sprawling families in poor conditions are not healthy for kids or moms.
    • Survey: Many combat vets worried about exposure to 'burn pits'.
      One of the most surprising results to come out of a survey released this week by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America was in response to a question buried in the "general health" section. In the survey of some 2,000 US service members who had combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, three-quarters reported being exposed to burn pits while depl […]
    • ‘Shrilling chicken’ is cute but very dangerous, says toxic watch group.
      A toxic watch group is seeking the removal from the local market of a Chinese-made plastic toy called “Shrilling Chicken” after two European countries banned its sale because of serious health and environmental risks.
    • Looks like we'll be blessed with a little more rain....
      Drought in the West has grabbed headlines lately. But a good portion of North America's grain belt would happily bid adieu to the storm clouds. A Climate at Your Doorstep video.
    • Forest fires: Climate change’s new normal.
      Few people know better than Lori Daniels that the pillars of dark smoke rising over the forests of British Columbia this summer are going to increase in the future. She knows that in part because of what she sees looking into the deep past, studying the fire scars left on trees as far back as 700 years ago.
    • Solar industry is rebalanced by US pressure on China.
      Even as regulators continue to wrestle with the protracted trade conflict with China over solar panels, the case has already started to reshape the industry, lifting manufacturers based outside China while also raising prices of panels for developers.
    • Can your town ban fracking? Depends on the state.
      A judge struck down a fracking ban in Longmont, Colorado Thursday – a victory for oil and gas companies, and a blow to environmentalists trying to halt fracking at the local level. As more and more cities and towns mull fracking bans, courts are weighing in with decisions that vary widely by state.
    • Texas border fracking standoff: NY court ruling may affect outcome.
      In a precedent setting decision, New York State’s Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of two towns that cited water concerns when they banned fracking. That ruling is expected to be cited by fracking opponents in Texas who favor local rather than state control.
    • Hundreds of juvenile salmon die due to low flows, warm weather.
      "We're all on alert," California Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist Sara Borok said. "We don't to want lose this year's spring run. There's not a whole lot we can do other than have more rain dances."
    • California's water crisis.
      To cope with California’s drought, farmers are carefully selecting which crops they plant and overpumping from deep underground aquifers. But a viable long-term solution to the growing water crisis requires rethinking priorities and conserving much more water.
    • Minnesota crossed by 50 oil trains a week.
      Fifty oil trains, each loaded with more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, pass through Minnesota each week, and almost all of them go through the Twin Cities, according to the first detailed reports on the state’s crude-by-rail traffic obtained by the Star Tribune.
    • Report: Gold mine means 1,100 acres of wetlands will be dug up, destroyed or disturbed.
      The federal government has completed its environmental review of what is touted to be the largest gold mine in the eastern United States and will use the information to make a final decision late this fall on the operation north of Camden.
    • Pennsylvania's complicated groundwater contamination.
      In places in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese, but the source of the contamination is complex. Fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to muddle the picture.
    • High PCE reading taken near Montclair well.
      During a test done in November 2013, Montclair Water Bureau officials discovered a water sample with an amount of PCE that was almost three times the maximum contaminant level established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
    • Ex-top official of East Orange water agency admits concealing chemical in drinking water.
      A former top official of the East Orange Water Commission admitted today to conspiring to hide elevated levels of an industrial solvent in drinking water pumped to more than 80,000 residents in the city and neighboring South Orange, state authorities said.

CONFLICT AND HEALTH; Civil conflict and sleeping sickness in Africa

This presentation attempts to shed some light on how conflict in various regions of Africa has helped spread infection with trypanosomiasis and has made it almost impossible to contain sleeping sickness. Solutions are also offered that national and international authorities could implement in the control and prevention of sleeping sickness. This presentation should also be of interest to those of you interested In Environmental health. It shows ways in which environments of conflict can have an effect on our health.

 Please click here to view presentation. I hope that the information is helpful. If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so, below. Thank you.

Esther Shisoka

PUBH 6165-5, Environmental Health

Walden University

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5 Responses

  1. Thanks for your presentation. It was very informative. Conflict, civil strife, war, etc. all have their toll on health and well-being. You provided an excellent example on such conflict and an illness.

    Your posting reminded me of another weblog, by Mr. Christopher Albon, a Ph.D. student at the University of California (Davis), where he is researching issues on human security, health diplomacy, and public health consequences of armed conflict. Some of his work and commentaries can be found at [ http://conflicthealth.com/ ].

    Thanks again, and the best to you as you proceed with your studies.

    Dr. R. Thron
    raymond.thron@waldenu.edu

    • Dr. Thron,
      Thank you so much for your feedback. I felt it was a topic that needed some attention. When we think about the environment and how it affects our health, we focus mainly on pollution and toxic substances but rarely on issues like armed conflict and how they affect the health of a population. Thanks again for your kind remarks.

  2. Hi Esther,

    Great job ! There is a lot happening in our environment and its through such presentation/research that we will be able to be pro-active and confront/deal/manage issues

    Wish you all the best

    • Pato,
      Thanks for your kind remarks. Just my little way of making the world better. Planning to be in your neck of the woods last week of July. Hope to connect with you and family.

    • Hey Pato, Najua nimepotea lakini maisha imenipita. I will be seeing you soon at the end of this month. Congratulations by the way on the new addition to the family. I hope you are enjoying her. I think little girls are special people. Hugs and kisses to your family.

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