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More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day

More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day

Kolkata, Oct 30 (UNI) Every day around 93 per cent of the world’s children under the

age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health

and development at serious risk.

Tragically, many of them die. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that

in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by

polluted air.

Children are society’s future. But they are also its most vulnerable members. The

immense threat posed to their health by air pollution demands that health

professionals respond with focused, urgent action.

Although more rigorous research into how air pollution affects children’s health will

continue to be valuable, there is already ample evidence to justify strong, swift action

to prevent the damage it clearly produces.

Health professionals must come together to address this threat as a priority, through

collective, coordinated efforts. For the millions of children exposed to polluted air

every day, there is little time to waste and so much to be gained.

A new WHO report on Air pollution and child health: Prescribing clean air examines

the heavy toll of both ambient (outside) and household air pollution on the health of

the world’s children, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

The report is being launched on the eve of WHO’s first ever Global Conference

on Air Pollution and Health.

It reveals that when pregnant women are exposed to polluted air, they are more

likely to give birth prematurely, and have small, low birth-weight children.

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