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COEHR Objectives

  • To be a principal centre of occupational and environmental health research, teaching and training, occupational medical clinical services, policy advisory, technical consultancy services, advocacy and a source of supportive outreach activities in South Africa, in the Southern and Eastern regions of Africa, Africa more generally, and internationally.
  • To conduct multidisciplinary research, teaching and service provision integrating laboratory, clinical, epidemiological and policy skills in relation to occupational health problems that have high priority in Southern Africa in order to facilitate identification and improved characterisation of these and other problems and to better understand the determinants of these problems and their solutions.
  • To explore and develop means of maintaining the health of individuals and the environment, especially the work environment, and of preventing the development of health problems in those exposed to injurious environments at work or more generally.
  • To conduct public policy research into issues ranging from toxic or injurious exposures through to health surveillance, and the functioning of relevant health services including promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative/compensation aspects.
  • To foster inter-institutional research, teaching and service (including outreach) collaboration and capacity development.
  • To foster local and global networks for occupational and environmental health promotion through collaboration with United Nations and other agencies.
  • To implement the results of research in teaching, training, policy, service provision and outreach.

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