Tasman spirit oil spill in Pakistan: Research response and lessons learned

Naveed Z. Janjua, Muhammad M. Kadir, Shahid Lutfi, Meghan Tipre, Nalini Sathiakumar

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Background: This article presents lessons learned from an investigation of the acute human health effects of the "Tasman Spirit" oil spill from a perspective of conducting rapid response investigations in developing countries. Methods: We reviewed various steps in our investigation, other studies on oil spills in Pakistan and around the world, and reflected upon our discussions and interactions with various stakeholders. Results: The article highlights the importance of applying a public health, legal, and ethical framework for conducting rapid response investigations, developing a pre-established funding mechanism, and addressing study design issues, exposure and outcome measurements, political issues, community engagement, and communication of results. Conclusion: There is need to develop ethical and legal framework and funding mechanism for conducting rapid response research in developing countries. A repository of study protocols, validated tools, and laboratory methods for exposure and outcome assessment would be greatly beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-131
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • Developing countries
  • Lessons learned
  • Oil spill
  • Pakistan
  • Rapid response research
  • Tasman spirit


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