- In 2012 1.7 million deaths in children under five were attributable to the environment.
- These included 570 000 deaths from respiratory infections, 361 000 deaths from diarrhoea, 270,000 deaths from neonatal conditions, 200 000 deaths from malaria and 200 000 deaths from unintentional injuries.
- Environmental risks that children are particularly vulnerable to include air pollution, inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, hazardous chemicals and wastes, radiation, climate change as well as emerging threats like e-waste.
- Reducing environmental risks could prevent 1 in 4 child deaths.
New materials on Children’s Environmental Health
Inheriting a sustainable world: Atlas on children’s health and the environment
Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health