Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health

by Marie-Noel Bruné Drisse, Annette Prüss-Ustün Fiona Goldizen et al.
World Health Organization, 2017

36 pp. 828 kB

In 2015, 5.9 million children under age five died. The major causes of child deaths globally are pneumonia, prematurity, intrapartum-related complications, neonatal sepsis, congenital anomalies, diarrhoea, injuries and malaria. Most of these diseases and conditions are at least partially caused by the environment. It was estimated in 2012 that 26% of childhood deaths and 25% of the total disease burden in children under five could be prevented through the reduction of environmental risks such as air pollution, unsafe water, sanitation and inadequate hygiene or chemicals.

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