Study shows natural disasters heighten depression risk among black women

The world must focus on public health: Climate change and natural disasters immediately

Public health as an agenda has grown to prominence in the last two decades and is likely to define the present and future risk-scape without any hint of doubt. Prudence suggests that a public health in all policies may do well for the Asia Pacific Region to address adaptation gap with regards to extreme weather events, to mainstream risk informed planning with a health inclusive approach and to prepare for future risks that will worsen the gaps if not addressed immediately.

Philippines have the highest average population vulnerable to very high earthquake threat in the Asia–Pacific region.

This will enable nations to comfortably arrive at addressing risks that affect and interrupt in the developmental processes…READ ON

Study shows natural disasters heighten depression risk among black women

People exposed to a disaster in their communities are likely to experience depression in the long-term with black Africans, women, those who are illiterate and the poor at greatest risk, a University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) study suggests.

Findings from a decade-long study of more than 17,000 South Africans, done in collaboration with international researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK, suggest exposure to cumulative community disaster was significantly associated with first onset of depression, even after controlling for multiple socio-demographic factors.

Researchers also found a significant likelihood of first depression onset among females, black Africans and individuals with lower education attainment or income due to cumulative community disaster.

The types of disaster exposure experienced by study participants were flood (40%), drought (28%), mass unrest due to xenophobia (18%), agricultural loss due to fire (10%), tornado (3%) and damaged road network due to rain (2%)….READ ON

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