10 facts on children's environmental health

Updated October 2014

A girl cooks on an indoor stove
WHO/C. Gaggero

All children need healthy, safe, and protective environments to ensure normal growth, development and well-being.

Nearly one-third of the 6.6 million under-5 child deaths every year are associated with environment-related causes and conditions. Environmental risk factors often act in concert, and their effects are exacerbated by adverse social and economic conditions – particularly conflict, poverty, and malnutrition.

Read the fact file on children's environmental health

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