Africa is a continent where limited coverage still exists on such topics as toxicological risk analysis in food safety, environmental health, and consumers’ products. Risk analysis integrates the components of risk identification, assessment, management and communication.
In some circumstances, when international scientific literature allows it, a “diagnostic risk assessment” approach can be adopted. In some cases, data exist but remain too sparce, unknown or underused in the decision making. In other cases, the information is neglected at all.
Especially in data poor countries, the development of risk analysis needs the proactive role of local communities in generating and shaping information. Following activities on the field, we consider how -in the era of evidence-based prevention- new knowledge can be generated through direct experience of citizens.
The Network launches initiatives to collect photographs and videos related to diet, food, food productions, and consumers’ products. This exercise is expected to:
– boost scientific research in food and environmental toxicology in Africa, which is a increasing reality well worth of attention.
– stimulate communities’ empowerment: health protection and promotion depends heavily on risks perceptions and hazards awareness.
Communities are the foundation of public health and are pivotal to drive the change: along with this, Africa calls for scientific research in multiple aspects of toxic exposures to prevent chronic multi-factorial diseases. The tool that we named “Narrative prevention” -when oriented by science- can facilitate the understanding of real-life risk scenarios that are daily experienced by people, generate new knowledge, and motivate effective intervention.