Disaster Mgmt Challenges from Non-communicable Diseases: Lessons Learned & Questions Going Forward
Due to population aging and an increase in longevity, there has been a disease transition to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are the challenge for the 21st Century. This is a new concept for environmental health and disaster management to explore, as the focus has traditionally been on communicable diseases in the disaster setting.
Today, damages to public health infrastructure such as food, water, and sanitation, place the vulnerable population with NCDs at great risk. In this session we discuss and debate possible approaches to and roles environmental health professionals play in mitigating the risks of disaster.
Speaker / Author:
Benjamin Ryan, MPH