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Inadequate management of solid waste impacts population health and quality of life, and disproportionately affects developing countries. With over 3,000 open-air landfill sites in operation, employing 400,000 waste pickers in poor, unsafe conditions, Brazil exemplifies this problem. These workers are exposed to multiple risks and can develop occupational diseases. This research describes a protocol for epidemiological diagnosis of waste pickers who worked in the largest open dump in Latin America, the purpose being to estimate the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases in waste pickers, and the occupational and environmental risk factors to which they are exposed.
Presenter: Dr. Vanessa Resende Nogueira Cruvinel
Dr. Cruvinel is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Public Health School of the University of Brasilia, Brazil. She is a dentist and also holds a Masters and PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Brasilia, Brazil with emphasis in public health and epidemiology. Since 2013, Dr. Cruvinel has been the Coordinator of the research project "Stop, think and dispose: Health conditions and occupational risks of garbage collectors" and is also a member of the International Waste Workers committee of Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB). For the last year, she has been a visiting professor at University of Toronto at the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
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