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Title: Public health reform: lessons from history
Authors: Fisher, Julie
Cotton, Andrew P.
Reed, Brian
Keywords: Developing countries
History
Public health
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Institution of Civil Engineers
Citation: FISHER, J., COTTON, A.P., REED, B., 2006. Public health reform: lessons from history. Proceedings of the ICE: Municipal Engineer, 159 (1), pp. 3 - 10
Abstract: This is an historical review of the drivers behind the slow development of safe water and sanitation services that took place in Britain during the nineteenth century. Widespread social concern about the living conditions of the poor was combined with more powerful economic incentives to maintain an efficient workforce, and so public health reform was brought about through the joint forces of political reform and specific legislation. Today, the Millennium Development Goals aim to halve by 2015 the one sixth of the world's population that does not have safe water, and the one fifth that has no basic sanitation facilities. An understanding of the historical drivers for change, rather then simply 'good will', will help to ensure that these efforts are based on experience, rather than experiment.
Description: This article was published in the journal Proceedings of the ICE: Municipal Engineer [© Institution of Civil Engineers].
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1680/muen.2006.159.1.3
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9918
Publisher Link: http://www.municipalengineer.com
ISSN: 0965-0903
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