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Am J Public Health. 2004 Nov;94(11):1916-21.

Occupational health research in developing countries: a partner for social justice.

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Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Bliss Street, Beirut, Lebanon.


Occupational health remains neglected in developing countries because of competing social, economic, and political challenges. Occupational health research in developing countries should recognize the social and political context of work relations, especially the fact that the majority of developing countries lack the political mechanisms to translate scientific findings into effective policies. Researchers in the developing world can achieve tangible progress in promoting occupational health only if they end their professional isolation and examine occupational health in the broader context of social justice and national development in alliance with researchers from other disciplines. An occupational health research paradigm in developing countries should focus less on the workplace and more on the worker in his or her social context.

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