Public health, environmental and social determinants of health (PHE)

Health impacts

How can we reduce the burden of disease, and reduce the suffering of people from respiratory infection, heart disease and lung cancer as result of exposure to urban outdoor air pollution? What actions need to be taken?

Improving the air we breathe can greatly reduce the number of people suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Implementing policies and regulations aimed at controlling air pollutant emissions can improve air quality and in turn reduce the disease burden and improve health.

At the same time increasing public awareness about relatively simple interventions, such as an improvements in kitchen stoves and the advantages of taking public transport rather than cars can lead to public action to reduce sources of air pollution in both urban indoor and outdoor environments , producing significant health gains.