The NCCR North-South was one of 27 National Centres of Competence in Research implemented by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. >> More
Health is not one of the benefits of sustainable development: it is a prerequisite. Providing for the future of coming generations can only be achieved by strengthening the resilience of present generations. Vulnerability to disease is one of the most formidable obstacles faced by populations trying to escape the cycle of poverty and resource depletion.
Access to a safe water supply and to proper sanitation facilities has proved to be the single most important factor in promoting health and combatting disease among the poor. NCCR North-South research in this area is aimed primarily towards finding ways to integrate effective health and sanitation strategies into participatory planning processes. Interdisciplinary research is conducted by experts in epidemiology, medical anthropology, and environmental engineering in cooperation with researchers and practitioners in the fields of household and institutional socio-economics.
Research centers around three central themes:
Promising health and sanitation intervention approaches are explored in "partnership actions" for scaling-up at the village, district or national levels.
Environmental Sanitation Safe drinking water and adequate environmental sanitation are preconditions for health and for success in the fight against poverty, hunger, child deaths and gender inequality. They are also central to the human rights and personal dignity of every human being. The adverse impacts of poor environmental sanitation can extend well beyond the direct impacts on health. >>more
Disease Reduction Equity-effective Interventions to Reduce the Burden of Disease: This composite approach will consider different dimensions of poverty and deprivation, the most vulnerable urban populations and their existing resilience strategies. In conjunction to the research theme "Determinants of Vulnerability and Resilience" environmental monitoring is extended to tackle spatial patterns of disease risks (with malaria, HIV/Aids and diarrhoea as lead diseases) in poor urban environments. >>more
NCCR North-South Research on Health and Sanitation is conducted in the following regions and countries:Central Asia: TajikistanSouth Asia: Bangladesh,
NepalSoutheast Asia: China (Yunnan Province),
VietnamWest Africa: Burkina Faso,
SenegalHorn of Africa: EthiopiaEast Africa: Kenya,
TanzaniaCentral America & the Caribbean: Costa Rica,
MexicoSouth America: Argentina,
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