|Book Hint: A Community Guide to Environmental Health|
How we use our natural resources affects our health and well-being. In many parts of the world the lack of water; the lack of safe water; the effects of its transport on women’s health; issues of water rights; and a need for safe, easy-to-build, ecologically sound toilets are all problems in need of solutions. But as long as all people have a say in these matters, the solutions are within our reach. From the publishers of Where There Is No Doctor, Hesperian’s A Community Guide to Environmental Health is a collection of sustainable solutions. Developed and field tested by grassroots organisations and community groups all over the world, A Community Guide to Environmental Health describes in prose appropriate for a wide range of readers the way germs, worms, and diseases spread, plus the symptoms and treatments for common infections caused by contaminated water. Also included is information on preventing toxic pollution; removing arsenic from water; protecting, collecting, and storing water; and an entire chapter on planning and building a wide variety of toilets.
A Community Guide to Environmental Health contains activities to stimulate critical thinking and environmental change, dozens of stories of communities who have taken action, and easy-to-follow instructions for making simple technologies to help improve the water quality and sanitation in villages and cities all over the globe. With a special emphasis on activities to help people discover the root causes of their environmental health problems, A Community Guide to Environmental Health is an excellent resource for all SuSanA members and their partners.
For easy transport, this book is also available in CD format. The Spanish translation of A Community Guide to Environmental Health will be available in the spring of 2010.