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SALTRA: A Regional Program for Workers' Health and Sustainable Development in Central America
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology.
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2011 (English)In: International journal of occupational and environmental health, ISSN 1077-3525, E-ISSN 2049-3967, Vol. 17, no 3, 223-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2003, the university-based Program on Work and Health in Central America, SALTRA, was launched to build national and regional capacities in occupational safety and health with the goal of preventing and reducing poverty in Central America. SALTRA has implemented 20 projects including action projects in priority sectors (e.g., construction, sugarcane, hospitals, migrant coffee workers); strengthening of surveillance (occupational health profiles, carcinogenic exposures, fatal injuries and pesticides); a participatory model for training and risk monitoring by workers; building occupational health capacity for professionals, employers, and workers, with collaborating networks between the countries; strengthening of universities in work, environment, and health; studies of serious occupational and environmental situations; communication channels; and continued efforts to raise political awareness. SALTRA has placed issues of workers' health on political, business, and academic agendas throughout the region and has laid the foundations for achieving substantial future improvements in health conditions of all workers in the region. External evaluators envisioned SALTRA as an innovative development model.

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2011. Vol. 17, no 3, 223-229 p.
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occupational health, environmental health, development, prevention, south-south-north collaboration, universities
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-38880ISI: 000293431900007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80053304535OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-38880DiVA: diva2:439237
Available from: 2011-09-07 Created: 2011-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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