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Environmental Health Engineering in the Tropics: An Introductory Text

Environmental Health Engineering in the Tropics: An Introductory Text

Environmental Health Engineering in the Tropics: An Introductory Text
By Sandy Cairncross, Richard G. Feachem

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Book Description

Many major infectious diseases in tropical and developing countries are amenable to control by environmental measures.  This book describes these infections and the measures that may be used effectively against them.  The infections described include the diarrhoeal diseases, the common gut worms, guinea worm, schistosomiasis, malaria, bancroftian filariasis and other mosquito-borne infections.  The environmental interventions that receive most attention are domestic water supplies and improved excreta disposal.  Appropriate technology for these interventions, and also their impact in infectious diseases, are documented in detail.  The book is intended both for those from an engineering background and those whose training is in medicine or public health.

The second edition has been extensively revised to incorporate the lessons learned from the International Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade (1981 – 1990).  These have included technical advances, particularly regarding composting, the safe re-use of wastes, and low-cost sewerage, but the chief lessons relate to policy and the strategies for implementing water and sanitation programmes.  A new chapter on surface water drainage has been added.  The references have been brought up to date to cover the extensive recent literature in this field.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2213265 in Books
  • Published on: 1993-08
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.65" h x .72" w x 6.83" l, 1.10 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 320 pages

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Environmental Health Engineering in the Tropics An Introductory Text Sandy Cairncross UNICEF/WHO Interagency Team for Guinea Worm Eradication, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Richard Feachem Dean, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK Many major infectious diseases in tropical and developing countries are amenable to control by environmental measures. This book describes these infections and the measures that may be used effectively against them. The infections described include the diarrhoeal diseases, the common gut worms, guinea worm, schistosomiasis, malaria, bancroftian filariasis and other mosquito-borne infections. The environmental interventions that receive most attention are domestic water supplies and improved excreta disposal. Appropriate technology for these interventions, and also their impact on infectious diseases, are documented in detail. The book is intended both for those from an engineering background and those whose training is in medicine or public health. The second edition has been extensively revised to incorporate the lessons learned from the International Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade (1981–1990). These have included technical advances, particularly regarding composting, the safe re-use of wastes, and low-cost sewerage, but the chief lessons relate to policy and the strategies for implementing water and sanitation programmes. A new chapter on surface water drainage has been added. The references have been brought up to date to cover the extensive recent literature in this field.


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5Excellent introductory text for environmental engineering (water and sanitation specific)
By Greater Boston Area
If you're looking for the definitive *basic* text on water and sanitation infrastructure in the tropics, this is it. It's an older book, but it's *perfect* as an introduction to the issues facing engineers and public health professionals in the tropics. It would be valuable for anyone interested in water, sanitation, and hygiene in low-income rural and urban areas (people with Engineers Without Borders, people doing NGO work overseas, peace corps volunteers, etc.). There are other bigger, more comprehensive books out there, but if you know all the info in this one, then you're off to a very good start.

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