Group | Health Impact Assessment

Artisanal small-scale gold mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Impact assessment is the process of identifying the future consequences of a proposed action or global development. Through the combination of procedures, tools and methods, impact assessment supports evidence-based decision-making with the ultimate objective to promote sustainable development.

Health Impacts Associated with Global Change

The health impact assessment (HIA) research group aims to develop, validate and apply new tools and methods for assessing, monitoring and evaluating health impacts associated with major drivers of global change. This includes growing pressure on natural resources, population growth, migration, urbanization and global climate change.

Extensive Activities

With a geographical emphasis on tropical climate zones, we have employed the HIA approach to a variety of proposed activities and global developments:

  • large infrastructure developments, including natural resources extraction projects (e.g. gold and copper mining) and renewable energy projects (e.g. hydropower and biofuel);    
  • pesticide use in small scale farming;    
  • waste recovery and reuse business models; and    
  • combined effects of climate change and urbanization.

Integral Approaches

Many of our projects are an integral part of inter- and trans-disciplinary research efforts that combine environmental monitoring, epidemiology, clinical examinations and exposure assessment with institutional analysis and broad stakeholder engagement. We also build up human capacities in conducting, evaluating and enforcing HIA in low- and middle-income countries.

Alene K.A et al. Spatial analysis of schistosomiasis in Hunan and Jiangxi provinces in the People's Republic of China. Diseases. 2022;10(4):93. DOI: 10.3390/diseases10040093

Angora E.K et al. Population genetic structure of Schistosoma haematobium and Schistosoma haematobium x Schistosoma bovis hybrids among school-aged children in Côte d'Ivoire. Parasite. 2022;29:23. DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2022023

Arnaiz P et al. Practice change needed for the identification of pediatric hypertension in marginalized populations: an example from South Africa. Front Pediatr. 2022;10:877431. DOI: 10.3389/fped.2022.877431

Bassa F.K et al. Prevalence of Schistosoma mono- and co-infections with multiple common parasites and associated risk factors and morbidity profile among adults in the Taabo health and demographic surveillance system, South-Central Côte d'Ivoire. Infect Dis Poverty. 2022;11:3. DOI: 10.1186/s40249-021-00925-1

Beckmann J et al. Evaluation of a physical activity and multi-micronutrient intervention on cognitive and academic performance in South African primary schoolchildren. Nutrients. 2022;14(13):2609. DOI: 10.3390/nu14132609