Polluted Environments Deadly for Young Children: WHO

Polluted Environments Deadly for Young Children: WHO

Polluted indoor and outdoor environments have been blamed for about a quarter of deaths of children below the age of 5 years worldwide. 

Key takeaways:

– Both indoor and outdoor air pollution are factors that are blamed for mortality among children.

– Lack of sanitation, secondhand smoke, unsafe drinking water, and poor hygiene kill as many as 1.7 million children each year worldwide.

– Exposure to air pollution in childhood increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer over their lifetime.

Infants and preschoolers exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution and secondhand smoke are at increased risk for pneumonia in childhood and a lifetime increased risk of asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases, WHO said.

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