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Washington, DC
2012-08-13T09:56:01Z | 2012-08-13T09:56:01Z | 1997-03

Despite its importance to sustainable development, very little information exists on environmental health linkages. Being multisectoral, it escapes focused attention during project design. Recently, however, the World Bank conducted a study on Sub-Saharan Africa infrastructure operations to assess their environmental health dimensions and lessons learned which could be transferred to projects without unduly complicating project management. The result is a three-volume report: bridging environmental health gaps. Volume one contains environmental health background material as well as a checklist for integrating environmental health into projects. Volume two offers a cross-sectoral analysis of the literature. Drawing from some 2,000 books and articles, and about 300 published Bank documents, it summarizes the major themes of the literature, demonstrating that, outside the health sector, health has not played a significant role in setting policies and priorities. Finally, volume three discusses the compatibility of environmental and health considerations, their policy implications for the Bank, and recommendations for future work with other agencies.


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