Chemistry and Developing Countries

Proceedings of a Conference, London, April 1991

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Growing Health Hazard from Toxic Metals in the African Environment

Any concern for environmental quality is subservient to job creation and the provision of food and shelter in most African communities. By necessity, most of the limited medical resources are devoted to preventive primary health care aimed at combating high rates of infant and maternal mortality, endemic communicable diseases and malnutrition. Environmental health is generally associated with affluence and misguided industrial operations in the developed countries and as such is believed to be a non-issue in Africa.


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