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Sustainability and Health in Disaster Waste Management
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In order to see if, and how, future aid efforts can be improved and better contribute to a more sustainable and resilient society this essay is about how management of solid waste generated in emergency situations work and what effects the waste have on public health. This is investigated using information collected from secondary sources and interviews with three persons who have knowledge and experience in the subject. Health and sustainability are of importance in the guidelines that deal with management of waste in disaster situations. However, there are no documentations of real experiences of disaster waste impacts on human health. Even so the waste might contaminate drinking water and increase the amount of disease-carrying vectors in the area. Previous conditions in the country, low priority of waste and information to the public are some of the main features preventing optimal function of a sustainable and healthy waste management.

Abstract [sv]

För att se om och hur framtida biståndsinsatser kan förbättras och i större utsträckning bidra till ett mer hållbart och motståndskraftigt samhälle handlar denna uppsats om hur hanteringen av katastrofavfall fungerar och vilka effekter detta avfall har på människors hälsa. Detta undersöks med hjälp av information som samlats in från sekundärkällor samt intervjuer med tre personer som har kunskap och erfarenhet i ämnet. Hälsa och hållbarhet är av betydelse i de riktlinjer som behandlar hantering av avfall i katastrofsituationer. Trots att inga verkliga erfarenheter av katastrofavfalls effekter på människors hälsa finns dokumenterade kan avfallet förorena dricksvatten och öka mängden smittspridande vektorer i området. Tidigare förhållanden i området, låg prioritet av avfall och dålig information till allmänheten är några av de viktigaste funktionerna som förhindrar optimal funktion av en hållbar och sund avfallshantering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Life Cycle Sustainable Assessment, Waste Management Hierarchy, Emergency situations, Guidelines, Relief work
Keyword [sv]
Hållbar Livscykelanalys, Avfallshierarki, Katastrofsituationer, Riktlinjer, Biståndsarbete
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-20231DiVA: diva2:666321
Subject / course
International Health
Presentation
2013-01-18, MD612, Alfred Nobels allé 7, Huddinge, 13:13
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Medicine
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Available from: 2013-11-25 Created: 2013-11-22 Last updated: 2014-01-31Bibliographically approved

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