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    • Carolinas and Charleston flooded with rain from Hurricane Joaquin.
      As Hurricane Joaquin slowly pulls away from U.S. shores, a veritable firehose of rain is being directed at parts of South Carolina—including Charleston. The result: An ongoing flooding risk that may peak at historic levels. On Saturday, President Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina to speed up the flow of disaster aid to the stricken state. […]
    • At least 73 dead in guatemala mudslide, hundreds feared lost., At least 73 dead in Guatemala mudslide, hundreds feared lost.
      Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 73 people, even as families scrabbled through rubble hoping to find the bodies of loved-ones, with hundreds of others still missing.
    • Firm says Florida Gov. Scott’s stake in pipeline project is ‘irrelevant.'
      Lawyers for a company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline in North Florida have told a judge that environmental opponents should be blocked from “presenting evidence or argument” about Gov. Rick Scott’s financial interest in the company.
    • Riot on the plantation.
      On the morning of May 24, a rumor started to circulate around Butaw district. The CEO of Golden Veroleum Liberia, the palm oil company that had become the lifeblood of the local villages, was going to visit. It was a big deal. When the roads are good, Butaw is a six-hour drive from the country’s capital, Monrovia. But the roads are rarely good, and dignitari […]
    • AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge.
      Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associate Press statistical and computer analysis.
    • Climate change literally moves mountains.
      No, it isn't love that moves mountains. Climate change does and scientists have evidence that could prove it.
    • British public becoming more aware of scientific consensus on climate change.
      The British public is becoming more aware of the scientific consensus that exists around climate change, according to new survey results.
    • An Italian village fighting against agrochemicals.
      Malles, in South Tyrol, Italy, is considered the first pesticide-free community in Europe. The village fights against monoculture and bans on their own poison plants - against powerful interests [Google Translate].
    • Children who are born 'pre-polluted.'
      Two international medical societies released separate reports this week highlighting the threats to human health from endocrine disrupting chemical, the Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and The Endocrine Society (TES) [Google Translate].
    • 25% of fish sold at markets contain plastic or man-made debris.
      Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris—plastic or fibrous material—in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.
    • The decline of ‘Big Soda.’
      Five years ago, Mayor Michael A. Nutter proposed a tax on soda in Philadelphia, and the industry rose up to beat it back. Soda lobbyists made campaign contributions to local politicians and staged rallies, with help from allies like the Teamsters union and local bottling companies. To burnish its image, the industry donated $10 million to the Children’s Hosp […]
    • Ship vanishes in hurricane; Historic rainfall looms in South Carolina.
      A stricken cargo ship with 28 Americans on board that vanished during Hurricane Joaquin remained missing early Saturday as forecasters warned a separate storm would bring a once-in-200 year rainfall event to South Carolina.
    • California's toxics enforcer is given sharper teeth.
      In the wake of controversy over the delayed cleanup of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a batch of bills Friday aimed at boosting the power of the state’s toxic-substances watchdog.
    • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case.
      New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.
    • How Monsanto mobilized academics to pen articles supporting GMOs.
      Monsanto Co.'s undisclosed recruitment of scientists from Harvard University, Cornell University and three other schools to write about the benefits of plant biotechnology is drawing fire from opponents.
    • 5 mistakes to avoid as you monitor Hurricane Joaquin.
      Hurricane Joaquin is the Atlantic hurricane season’s 3rd hurricane and 10th named storm of the year. At the time of writing, Joaquin is a Major Hurricane (category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale). Initially, there appeared to be a real threat that parts of the U.S. would see a landfall of the storm. This brings a host of speculation, innuendo, and “social med […]
    • East coast is extremely vulnerable to hurricane flooding.
      Models so far fail to agree on where Joaquin might make landfall, but shorelines from North Carolina to Massachusetts are possible targets for the high rise of ocean water, or surge, that hurricanes push ahead of them. Even if the storm veers east in the Atlantic Ocean, an unusually large atmospheric pressure gradient near the storm is destined to push stron […]
    • Monsanto to chart growth plan as farmers feel squeezed.
      Investors are looking to Monsanto Co. this coming week to explain its plan for growth after the failure of its ambitious bid for rival Syngenta AG and amid a continued slump in the farm economy.
    • VIDEO: Watch Ben Carson’s bizarre rant on science and climate change: ‘Gravity, where did it come from?’
      Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson engaged in another round of climate change denial while also veering off into remarks about evolution and gravity during a Sept. 30 appearance at the University of New Hampshire, the New Republic reported.
    • SolarCity to make high-efficiency panel.
      When SolarCity, the fast-growing provider of rooftop solar electricity systems, announced last year that it would begin making its own equipment, executives said they would focus on creating high-efficiency panels in an effort to reduce the cost of the electricity they sell.

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

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

    • 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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