How is health related to sustainability?

"Health and development are intimately interconnected. Both insufficient development leading to poverty and inappropriate development resulting in overconsumption, coupled with an expanding world population, can result in severe environmental health problems in both developing and developed nations. Action items under Agenda 21 must address the primary health needs of the world's population, since they are integral to the achievement of the goals of sustainable development and primary environmental care. The linkage of health, environmental and socio-economic improvements requires intersectoral efforts. Such efforts, involving education, housing, public works and community groups, including businesses, schools and universities and religious, civic and cultural organizations, are aimed at enabling people in their communities to ensure sustainable development. Particularly relevant is the inclusion of prevention programmes rather than relying solely on remediation and treatment."

Key questions for this area

If you are teaching or studying in this area, or are looking to add content to your unit, here are some questions that you should be able to answer and/or consider?

  • How can primary health care needs be met in urban and rural areas?
  • In light of increasing global travel and increased density of populations, how can communicable diseases be controlled?
  • How can vulnerable groups be protected?
  • How can health risks from environmental pollution and hazards be limited?

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