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Ecological public health, primary care and environmental issues: unused medicines and health community agent intervention in the south of Brazil | Abstract
Journal of Geography  & Natural Disasters

Journal of Geography  & Natural Disasters
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0587

Abstract

Ecological public health, primary care and environmental issues: unused medicines and health community agent intervention in the south of Brazil

Andre Preissler Loureiro Chaves

The overall goal of our current studies is to understand how the Health Sector can promote healthy urban environments (SDGs-UN) through an integrated model of Sustainable Healthcare System. With the system looking outwards, promoting Environmental Health in Primary Care to coping, prevention and control of local environmental problems that may cause harm to health. With the system looking inwards, outlining sustainable strategies for “care without carbon” delivered, recognizing its role to Climate Change and other environmental risks. Current Brazilian law does not provide appropriate legislation governing waste resulting from unused medication, which presents a growing public health threat. Studies that have considered these issues are incomplete, classifying unused medication as a remnant of healthcare and ignoring the user, who has the largest role in generating this type of waste. Users do not possess sufficient knowledge regarding the issue or their responsibilities with respect to environmentally appropriate disposal. The main objective of this study was to create a reverse logistics medication channel in a model experiment involving health community agents working in Family Health Strategy teams in Vila Bras, Brazil. The community health agents were trained in the appropriate disposal of unused medication and conveyed details of the basic disposal guidelines to the residents of the area served by the teams. The community health agents activities served a proactive reverse logistics channel, which had vast potential, as the prevention of inappropriate disposal of unused medication increased exponentially.

Published Date: 2021-05-25; Received Date: 2021-05-04

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