10 facts on children's environmental health

Updated March 2017

A safe, healthy and protective environment is key to ensuring all children grow and develop normally and healthily. In 2015, reducing environmental risks could have prevented more than a quarter of the 5.9 million deaths of children under 5 years.

Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution, hazardous chemicals, climate change, and inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene.

In March 2017, WHO published the second edition of Inheriting a sustainable world: The atlas on children’s health and the environment, which outlines the impact of the environment on children’s health and recommends solutions for preventing diseases and deaths in the future.

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