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Past, present and future developments in environmental health education and professional practice in Malawi

Samanyika, Young and Grimason, Anthony and Tembo, Kafwe and Chunga, Paul and Jabu, George Christopher and Kambala, Christabel and Lungu, K.K. and Morse, Tracy and Taulo, Steven (2011) Past, present and future developments in environmental health education and professional practice in Malawi. Environment & Health International, 13 (2). pp. 17-22. ISSN 1726-9210

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Since the mid 70’s Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in the UK have been educated to honours degree level with the curricula periodically reviewed and accredited by the appropriate professional body i.e. The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Prior to then, the preliminary qualification for Public Health Officers was a three-year Diploma in Public Health. Upon graduation and after approximately one year of practical training, working often with a local authority, graduates take a professional exam leading to full qualification. Thereafter, practising officers are expected to ensure that their knowledge and skills are updated through participation in various schemes of continuous professional development. This is a compulsory requirement for EHOs to remain registered as a member of the professional bodies. The development and practice of Environmental Health in UK since the Victorian age has resulted in significant improvement to the environment and health of the population. People today can expect to live a relatively healthy lifestyle with a life expectancy, on average, of more than 80 years.