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Translating the social ecological model into recommendations for food safety promotion in India

Nwoka, Adaobi (2016) Translating the social ecological model into recommendations for food safety promotion in India. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Foodborne illnesses are a burden on public health and contribute significantly to the large numbers of mortality and morbidity in India. Common forms of foodborne diseases in India are due to bacterial contamination of foods. Foodborne illnesses are also a preventable and underreported public health problem. Currently, there is no national foodborne disease surveillance system available to enable effective detection, control and prevention of foodborne disease outbreaks. In addition, progress in Indian infrastructure has been painstakingly slow in recent years. Despite these challenges, the Government of India enacted the Food Safety and Standards Act in 2006 as a form of public health promotion in the area of food safety. Unfortunately, policy-making in India has frequently been characterized by a failure to anticipate needs, impacts, or reactions, which could have reasonably been foreseen, thus impeding economic development. India's policymaking structures have difficulties formulating the "right" policy and adhering to it. Hence, refining the policy-making competence of India’s senior civil servants and the elected officials in Government may improve the structure involved in public policy-making in India. Furthermore, coordination can be achieved by addressing social ecological factors in pursuit of behavioral changes. Other actions to further evidence-based policy include preparing and communicating data more effectively, using existing analytic tools, conducting policy surveillance, and tracking outcomes with different types of evidence.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nwoka, Adaobi
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPotter, MargaretMAPOTTER@pitt.eduMAPOTTERUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRussell, Joannejoanner@pitt.eduJOANNERUNSPECIFIED
Date: 31 March 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 20:00
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 10:55


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