Health impact assessment of industrial development projects: a spatio-temporal visualization

  • Mirko S. Winkler | mirko.winkler@unibas.ch Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Gary R. Krieger NewFields, LLC, Denver, CO, United States.
  • Mark J. Divall SHAPE Consulting Ltd., Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Burton H. Singer Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States.
  • Jürg Utzinger Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Development and implementation of large-scale industrial projects in complex eco-epidemiological settings typically require combined environmental, social and health impact assessments. We present a generic, spatio-temporal health impact assessment (HIA) visualization, which can be readily adapted to specific projects and key stakeholders, including poorly literate communities that might be affected by consequences of a project. We illustrate how the occurrence of a variety of complex events can be utilized for stakeholder communication, awareness creation, interactive learning as well as formulating HIA research and implementation questions. Methodological features are highlighted in the context of an iron ore development in a rural part of Africa.

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2012-05-01
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Keywords:
developing country, health impact assessment, industrial development project, spatio-temporal visualization.
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Winkler, M. S., Krieger, G. R., Divall, M. J., Singer, B. H., & Utzinger, J. (2012). Health impact assessment of industrial development projects: a spatio-temporal visualization. Geospatial Health, 6(2), 299-301. https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2012.148

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