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Case Study Development on Chemical Preparedness for Environmental Epidemiology Module

The Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (GFELTP) with technical support from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health is piloting a case study module on chemical preparedness for environmental epidemiology. Upon review this will be integrated into the FELTP Curriculum.

From 30 July – 1 August 2019, the team comprising of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, University of Ghana, Ghana FELTP, Ghana Health Service (GFELTP) Ghana Health Service (GHS), World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a review of the case studies.

As part of efforts to integrate the Environmental Epidemiology Module into the existing FELTP curriculum, it was considered important to develop case studies that are more relevant to prevailing environmental and chemical hazards and risks in Ghana. Prior to the case studies being developed, in December 2018, learning visits  were made to major small scale mining sites in Ghana to obtain first hand understanding of the hazards and risks posed to the miners and the larger non-mining populations within and outside these mining areas. The case studies are being developed by the Public Health England and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), in collaboration with the GFELTP - University of Ghana, GHS and WHO. 

No The case studies reviewed include
1. Community exposure to health hazards and risks from small scale gold mining in Ghana
2. Occupational  and community exposure to mercury from small scale gold mining in Ghana
3. Environmental and human exposure to pesticides in Ghana
4. The objective of the case studies were to:
5. Identify the chemical hazards and risks associated with chemical events in small scale mining and pesticide use
6. Illustrate routes of occupational and population exposures
7. Determine appropriate methods of exposure measurements
8. Discuss health outcomes of these risks and relevant data sources
9. Design preventive and control measures for these chemical events

The team of reviewers were; Mr. Kristian Franer (NIPH), Ms. Elizabeth Peacocke (NIPH), Mr. Ceasar Nyadedzor (GHS), Prof. Col. Edwin Afari (Rtd.) – Coordinator, GFELTP, Dr. Samuel Sackey – Field Coordinator, GFELTP, Dr. Ernest Kenu – Director, GFELTP, Dr. Basil Benduri Kaburi - Field Epidemiologist, GFELTP, Mr. Patrick Avevor – WHO and Dr. Akua Houphouet - WHO.