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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 89, Supplement 1, pp S28–S33 | Cite as

Environnement, pauvreté et santé des enfants : le contexte canadien

  • Nita ChaudhuriEmail author
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On a fait peu de recherches au Canada sur les rapports qui existent entre la pauvreté des enfants et leur exposition aux contaminants de l’environnement. Toutefois, les enfants vivant dans la pauvreté ont plus de probabilité de grandir dans des quartiers situés à proximité de sites industriels pollueurs et de corridors de circulation intense. Ils ont aussi une plus grande probabilité de vivre dans des habitations mal conçues et mal entretenues, où les niveaux de contaminants et de résidus toxiques peuvent être élevés, et où la qualité de l’air intérieur est pauvre. Les facteurs de risque comme l’exposition à la fumée de cigarettes et une alimentation médiocre, associés aux mauvaises conditions de logement décrites ci-dessus pendant leur période de croissance et développement ont pour conséquence que les enfants vivant dans la pauvreté sont plus vulnérables aux effets des contaminants de l’environnement.

À Toronto, le centre de santé communautaire de South Riverdale est en train de mettre au point des techniques d’initiative populaire visant à protéger les citoyens en leur expliquant les problèmes. Étant donné qu’il y a de plus en plus d’enfants pauvres au Canada et que l’environnement est de moins en moins protégé, l’auteur propose de recourir à l’action communautaire et à la recherche en santé pour obtenir les changements nécessaires aux politiques.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South Riverdale Community Health CentreTorontoCanada

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