||ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH AND SANITATION BEHAVIOR IN THE CITY OF ZA-KPOTA (REPUBLIC OF BENIN)
YEMADJE Alda A.S. ,
AZALOU TINGBE Fanès V. B. ,
AZONHE THIERRY HERVÉ S. NICÉPHORE ,
||International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Bioresearch
||Environmental issues and their impact on health are one of the major challenges to achieving the
goals of sustainable development. The present research aims to contribute to the improvement of
the sanitary situation of households in the city of Za-Kpota through environmental education.
The methodological approach used consisted in collecting data from 319 households selected on
the basis of Schwartz's method (1995). The collected data relate to the state of the environment,
the epidemiological profile and the Environmental Education strategies in the study area, and
have been processed with the Sphinx software. The results obtained reveal that the proliferation
of infectious diseases is linked to both natural factors and the management of people's living
conditions (insalubrity, poor sanitation and consumption patterns). However, several
environmental education strategies are being implemented in the city to reduce infectious
prevalence. These actions for the most part are unprofessional due to the extreme dispersion of
the actors and the communication channels used: radio (46%), animation at the health center
(17%), television (16%), discussion with friends (11%), about children (5%) and others (5%).
Faced with this situation, more operational strategies have been proposed to reduce health risks
related to the state of the environment in the population.
||Environmental Education, environment, insalubrity, diseases, Za-Kpota.
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