The environment plays a major role in disease prevention. Climate is a key determinant of health as it constrains the range of infectious diseases, while weather affects the timing and intensity of outbreaks. Impacts of climate change on health include both direct and indirect effects. Examples are presented in this article.
Although smoking rates in the African region are considered to be relatively low compared
to the more developed countries, these already translate into significant economic and health burden. Several studies have provided evidence for effectiveness of public policy interventions in reducing tobacco use. However, many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have not implemented these key provisions. The question is – what is it that prevents us from moving from scientific evidence i.e. knowledge discovery to policy delivery?
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