Sonja Šostar Turk

University of Maribor Slovenia

Prof. Sonja Šostar Turk, Ph.D., is a Professor of Textile Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Since 2008 she has been employed at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the same university where she is Vice-Dean for Postgraduate Studies, head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences, and head of the Institute of Balneology and Climatology. She is a lecturer and co-lecturer of several courses in nursing, management in health and social organization, and food safety. Her research focuses on environmental health, hospital hygiene, and food safety. She has coordinated ten European projects and led forty-one basic and applied national projects and fifteen bilateral projects. She has one patent to her credit. In 2014, she received the prestigious United Nations National Energy Globe Award 2014 in the 'Water” category for a project with the acronym SMILES under the 7th EU Framework Program (FP7).

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Safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene are crucial to human health and wellbeing. These factors are a prerequisite to health since they play a crucial role in preventing the transmission of numerous waterborne pathogens and chemical contaminants. Another important factor that can affect people’s health is air pollution. Special attention needs to be paid to developing countries, as these factors not only affect human health but also contribute to livelihoods, school attendance, and dignity and help create resilient communities living in healthy environments. This book provides insights into different aspects of hygiene, sanitation, water, and air pollution and their potential correlation with infectious diseases and human health. It also addresses important challenges and opportunities for improvement in developing countries. These are priority areas in which the world’s leading health and humanitarian organizations, such as the WHO and UNICEF, are working intensively.

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