Air Pollution and Child Health: Prescribing clean air

This report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), summarizes the latest scientific data and knowledge on the connections between air pollution exposure and adverse impact on child health.

Air pollution causes over seven million premature deaths each year and costs more than 5 trillion USD in total welfare losses (2013). Although widely acknowledged as a public health crisis, the particular impact of air pollution on children is largely overlooked.

This report unveils the enormous impact of air pollution on child health and development; health effects experienced during childhood can have lifelong consequences. This evidence-based report is a valuable resource, a reference for action, providing proof of the links between air pollution and children’s health.

Note: This is a draft report with the final version expected to be published shortly.

Published 2019-02-05