Air pollution is the greatest environmental risk to children’s health.
Every year air pollution kills 570,000 children. With all the challenges children face, the air they breathe shouldn’t be one of them.
Exposure to air pollution may also increase children’s lifelong risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
- Official Twitter account of the World Health Organization, the United Nations’ health agency. WHO PHE infographics.
- 10 facts on children’s environmental health, WHO, March 2017.
- Inheriting a sustainable world: Atlas on children’s health and the environment, WHO pdf (4Mb), March 2017.
- The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, WHO News release, 6 MARCH 2017.
- Preventing disease through healthy environments, MARCH 2016.
- Enjoy our health infographics album on Flickr.
2 thoughts on “Air Pollution and Children”
I’m a DES daughter. I’m the only one in my family with heart disease and my son also has heart disease. I’m not going to be here much longer but I need help. How can they get away with this. Please help me
Sorry to hear about your suffering, Sandy.
Here is a list of official DES actions groups, providing support for the DES-affected.
There is a DES community on Facebook that you are very welcome to join.