Dec 16, 2006

Capacity building in environmental health research in India and Nepal

International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Ondine S von EhrensteinAllan H Smith

Abstract

The Fogarty International Training and Research Program in Environmental and Occupational Health at UC Berkeley concentrates on two major environmental health issues in the Indian subcontinent: arsenic in drinking water in West Bengal, India, and indoor air pollution in India and Nepal. Local trainees and researchers have had the opportunity to work on related research. Concerning arsenic in drinking water, projects included studies of skin lesions, pulmonary effects, reproductive outcomes, and child development, as well as mitigation approaches to reduce exposures. Activities in the indoor air pollution project have emphasized quantifying exposures to smoke from cooking and heating as well as their associations with tuberculosis and eye disease. Training has focused on developing skills necessary to address these problems. The training emphasizes in-country mentoring of trainees related to their research projects, and intensive short courses at partner institutions. The focus of capacity building in environmental health research in countries in economic and environmental transition should be on country-based research projects with embedded training efforts.

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Tuberculosis
Environmental Health
Pulmonary Effects
Disorder of Eye
Arsenic Measurement
Dermatologic Disorders
Skin Lesion
Child Development

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