[Preventing asbestos-related diseases: operative action for Italian cooperation with Latin-American countries]

Rev Salud Publica (Bogota). 2010 Aug;12(4):682-92. doi: 10.1590/s0124-00642010000400014.
[Article in Spanish]


The present paper was aimed at promoting countermeasures based on scientific evidence and international cooperation for evaluating the impact on health caused by exposure to asbestos fibres in the workplace and the environment. Scientific evidence regarding asbestos made available by the international scientific community, decades of experience gained in Italy on this issue and being aware that adopting measures to combat the health effects caused by asbestos exposure should be verified considering the specificity of various national and local contexts in Latin-America form the basis for identifying four main areas for intervention which may be developed in the field of technical and scientific cooperation between Italy and Latin-America countries: promoting access to information about asbestos, interventions for reducing exposure to asbestos, health surveillance of exposed subjects and mesothelioma detection. Integrating Colombian and Italian researchers' abilities may lead to such results being achieved, thereby contributing to banning asbestos, which is already underway in Latin-America.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / adverse effects
  • Asbestos / adverse effects*
  • Asbestosis / prevention & control*
  • Carcinogens, Environmental / adverse effects*
  • Construction Materials
  • Environmental Exposure / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Italy
  • Latin America
  • Mesothelioma / diagnosis
  • Mesothelioma / etiology
  • Mesothelioma / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control
  • Pleural Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Pleural Neoplasms / etiology
  • Pleural Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Workers' Compensation


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Carcinogens, Environmental
  • Asbestos