Brama Koné: Pollution lagunaire, risques sanitaires et environnementaux dans trois villages périurbains de la commune de Yopougon (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)

PhD-thesis within the framework of the NCCR North-South, University of Abobo Adjamé, Abidjan, co-supervised by Prof Marcel Tanner, Swiss Tropical Institute (2007)

The study’s purpose is to analyze lagoon water pollution in three lagoon villages in the peri-urban area of Abidjan, to assess the impacts on the health of the villagers and to evaluate the vulnerability and resilience of the exposed population. Villagers agree that the lagoon is polluted and that pollution is a factor of health vulnerability (responsible for illnesses like malaria and diarrhea), economic vulnerability (costs of health care and economic loss among fishermen) and social vulnerability (interruption of collective activities related to the lagoon). They perceive themselves to be victims of the rapid urban growth of Abidjan. Individual actions and family support are essential in terms of resilience to these vulnerabilities.