Air pollution kills 600,000 children each year

Air pollution kills 600,000 children each year

According to the report, titled, 'Air Pollution and Child Health: Prescribing Clean Air, ' 93%(1.3 billion) of the children under the age of 15 years breath polluted air which puts their health and development at an extreme risk.

Air pollution kills 7 million people each year including 600,000 children.

"Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

"Some of our children will not reach their full potential because of exposure to air pollution in the womb and in early life; some of our parents will die early because of exposure to it throughout their lives".

In a new report, WHO said that air pollution has a "vast and awful impact on child health and survival".

Another study from India found a correlation between household air pollution caused by solid fuel burning and the risk of contracting tuberculosis in children below five years.

"Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives", said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Newborns and young children are also more vulnerable to air pollution in households that regularly use technologies and polluting fuels to cook, heat and illuminate. "The researchers recruited 1285 women in the first trimester of pregnancy in primary health care centres and urban health posts and followed them until the birth of their child to collect data on maternal health, prenatal care, exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and the birthweight of the child", the study said.

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The European Union's environmental agency says air pollution is slowly improving across the continent but still exceeds the bloc's limits and guidelines from the United Nations health agency.

The UN health body is calling for an acceleration of the switch to clean cooking and heating fuels, and for the promotion of cleaner transportation, lower emissions, and better waste management, among other measures.

As far as the death rates of children succumbing to air pollution, India is only next to Afghanistan and Pakistan in per lakh population concentration of deaths.

Coming down hard on the air pollution situation in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), the Supreme Court has directed the transport department of the Delhi government to immediately start impounding cars that are above a certain age limit. Officials estimated in the report out Monday that 1 in 10 deaths among children under age 5 are caused by air pollution.

Air pollution is affecting neuro development, leading to lower cognitive test outcomes, negatively affecting mental and motor development.

Children were particularly at risk in poor countries, where indoor use of wood or coal-fired stoves is common, World Health Organization said.

WHO Global Ambient Air Quality Database (update 2018), released in May, says the air pollution related mortality and disease burden India faces is also the highest in the world.

At the conference stakeholders including governments, heads of global organisations, city representatives and NGOs have been invited to make voluntary commitments towards reducing air pollution.

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