A commentary article published on August 22, 2017 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives summarizes scientific evidence on the impact of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) on human health and wildlife in Africa. Maria S. Bornman and co-authors from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and other internationally renowned research institutions, identify existing knowledge gaps about EDC exposures in Africa. They highlight that lacking resources for research and lagging policy implementation delay intervention strategies and present challenges to improving future health in Africa. The authors recommend i) establishing education and training programs for chemical users, ii) adopting the precautionary principle, iii) establishing biomonitoring programs, and iv) launching community-based epidemiology and wildlife research programs to be led and funded by African institutes and private companies.
Bornman, M.S. et al. (2017). “Endocrine disruptors and health effects in Africa: A call for action.” Environmental Health Perspectives (published online August 22, 2017).