Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Hygiene and Health in Developing Countries - Recent Advances

Sonja Šostar Turk

University of Maribor

Prof. dr. Šostar Turk is a researcher in environmental impact on health, research methodology, Head of the Insitute of Balneology and Climatology, University of Maribor, with over 100 journal publications, and awarded the 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).


Urška Rozman

University of Maribor

A researcher with a focus on healthcare-associated infections, microbiology, and the hospital environment. Dr. Rozman currently participates in the project of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia within the National Program on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health (2015–2025).


Safe Drinking Water Chemical Contaminants Biological Contamination Waste Water Treatment Diarrhea Cholera Typhoid Polio Hepatitis A Vaccination Sanitation Facilities Sewage Removing

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According to the World Health Organization, safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene are crucial to human health and well-being. 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 waste, especially when not managed properly. Special attention needs to be paid to developing countries, as these factors do 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 intends to provide insights into different aspects of hygiene, sanitation, water, wastes, and their potential correlation with infectious diseases and human health. It also addresses important challenges and opportunities for improvement in developing countries. This is one of the priority areas where the world's leading health and humanitarian organizations, such as the WHO and UNICEF, are working intensively.

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Date completed: April 27th 2022

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Sonja Šostar Turk

University of Maribor

Sonja Šostar Turk, PhD, is Full Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia, working in the research areas of textile chemistry, environmental engineering, and hygiene. She is the author of more than eighty original scientific papers, and has published around 250 scientific conference contributions. She was also involved in seventy-five national and international projects; most notably ten EU projects. She carried out preliminary studies for industry and health institutions. She is participating in study programmes of Nursing, Bioinformatics, and Food Safety covering subjects in the field of environmental factors affecting human health and hygiene. She has also participated in several research projects focusing on environmental health, hospital and waste water hygiene, and nutrition.

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