Saf Health Work.  2010 Dec;1(2):103-106.

Towards Elimination of Asbestos-Related Diseases: A Theoretical Basis for International Cooperation

  • 1Department of Environmental Epidemiology, IIES, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan.
  • 2Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency, Incheon, Korea.


We develop a theoretical framework for international cooperation that can be used for the elimination of asbestos-related diseases (ARDs). The framework is based on the similarities in the temporal patterns of asbestos use and occurrence of ARDs in diverse countries. The status of each nation can be characterized by observing asbestos use and ARD frequency therein using a time window. Countries that supply technology for prevention of ARDs can be classified as donors and countries that receive these technologies as recipients. We suggest identification of three levels of core preventative technologies. Development of a common platform to gather and manage core preventative technologies will combine the strengths of donor countries and the needs of recipient countries.


Asbestos-related diseases; International cooperation; Developing countries; Prevention; Asian Asbestos Initiative
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