|UAE national strategy for environmental health|
The first component of the project involves creating a science-based national environmental health strategy and action plan. This component is divided into three major steps:
Step 1: Assess environmental health risks and set priorities
The research team will first compile and analyze available information about environmental health risks in the UAE.
Among the risk areas to be studied in Step 1 are ambient and indoor air pollution, potable and recreational water, soil contamination, food contaminants, work site-related hazards, electromagnetic fields, noise, ozone layer depletion, and climate change.
The UNC-led team will prepare summary information on each of those risk areas. The summary sheets will be organized and presented at a series of workshops to be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai involving stakeholders from around the UAE. Using the summary information and a structured, deliberative process, the UAE stakeholders will identify the top priority environmental health risks. Setting those priorities will help the research team focus their planning for the national environmental health strategy.
Step 2: Model the environmental burden of disease
The research team will develop computer models that estimate the number of illnesses and deaths that can be attributed to environmental risk factors in the UAE each year.
Among the hazards to be studied in Step 2 are indoor and outdoor air pollutants, potable water pollutants, and occupational hazards.
The computer models will estimate exposure of the UAE population to each of those priority risks and estimate the resulting number of illnesses and deaths expected to result from these exposures.
Step 3: Identify, assess and prioritize risk management strategies
The research team will
|Last updated May 29, 2013|