In D. Leviton’s (1991) conception of horrendous death, a poorly managed environment can contribute to widespread mortality, and the deaths so caused can further create an environment for subsequent death. The African environment in particular is characterized by a number of “deathogenic” factors that must be understood and confronted by health educators committed to minimizing or eliminating the impact of horrendous death on the African continent. In this comment, the author argues that attention to characteristic but preventable forms of death in the African context can lead to greater public advocacy among African health educators, contributing to the physical and psychological well-being of the populations they serve.
Death Studies 07/1997; 21(4):417-25. DOI:10.1080/074811897201912