Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cooperation Can Solve It

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Cooperation Can Solve It

Article excerpt

Worldwide exchange of scientific information and practical experience is always beneficial for all concerned. It should be noted that all the countries involved, industrialized or developing, make their own contributions to this.

Very often, industrialized countries are ahead of developing ones in matters of environmental health (1). For instance, the chlorination of water started 100 years ago in industrialized countries and has been yielding tremendous benefits in saving lives from waterborne diseases all over the world, particularly in developing countries. No matter what side-effects or better substitutes (like ozonation) chlorination has, it is still used as an effective and sustainable method for water purification and disinfection in many developing countries for lack of affordable alternatives. This situation should be understood in the overall discussion.

Incineration looks like the most advanced and feasible treatment for hospital waste at present. Learning from industrialized countries, many developing countries now are putting vast investment into it. There are no convincing arguments for rejecting it at once.

Regarding the harmful effects of global warming and persistent organic pollutants, it is worth remembering that many industrialized countries have released vast quantities of harmful and toxic chemicals from various industries into the atmosphere over the last decades, and these have travelled long distances and been accumulating for a long time. …

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