How Our Deadly Environment Is Harming Children

More than half a million child deaths each year from respiratory infections such as pneumonia are associated with environmental exposures. (Image:  
Pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
More than half a million child deaths each year from respiratory infections such as pneumonia are associated with environmental exposures. (Image: Pixabay / CC0 1.0)

University of Queensland (UQ) and World Health Organisation (WHO) research collaboration has found that many of the most common causes of childhood death are preventable.

UQ Children’s Health and Environment Program director and WHO Collaborating Center for Children’s Health and Environment Director Professor Peter Sly said an unhealthy environment led to the death of 1.7 million children under the age of 5 in 2012:

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Professor Sly and his team assisted in coordinating two WHO reports:

Inheriting a Sustainable World: Atlas on Children’s Health and the Environment is an overview of the current state of children’s environmental health globally, and examines more than 10 years of data on topics including obesity, poverty, pollution, e-waste, and urbanisation.

Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health is a summary of WHO data on the contribution of environmental factors to children’s health outcomes. Professor Sly said the reports also featured morbidity and the impact of early life exposures on the development of disease in later life:

Children’s Health and Environment Program Coordinator Fiona Goldizen said children’s health could not be approached through one sector:

Provided by: The University of Queensland

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