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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

Print version ISSN 1413-8123On-line version ISSN 1678-4561

Abstract

GRIGOLETTO, Jamyle Calencio et al. Management of health sector actions in drought situations. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2016, vol.21, n.3, pp.709-718. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232015213.26212015.

Water is essential for the socio-economic development of a region and also for the survival of human beings. Water scarcity has direct and indirect impacts on the environment, the economy and human health. It can change the profile of morbidity and mortality of diseases, as well as having an impact on the supply of services that are essential public to the quality of life. This study aims to contextualize the occurrence of drought in Brazil, its effects on human health, as well as actions to be developed by the health sector to reduce the risk to those living in affected areas, with an emphasis on the monitoring of the quality of drinking water. This is a descriptive, qualitative study with a documental basis. The documents that were researched were related to initiatives by the Health Surveillance Secretariat of the Ministry of Health up until 2014. It is necessary to strengthen the performance capacity of the Unified Health System (SUS) in order to develop timely responses to reduce the risk to public health.

Keywords : Natural disasters; Drought; Environmental health; Monitoring of quality of drinking water.

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