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African ministers adopt declaration to reduce environmental threats to health

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1547 (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1547
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Health and environment ministers from African countries adopted a declaration during a conference sponsored by the United Nations in Gabon last week, creating a strategic alliance to reduce environmental threats to human health.

    The declaration “is the first step towards saving the lives of millions of people from harmful effects of changes in the environment,” said Luis Sambo, director of the World Health Organization’s Africa regional office. “I am delighted that we have managed to secure political commitment to catalyse institutional changes.”

    WHO says that over 23% of all deaths in Africa, estimated at more than 2.4 …

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