Global estimates of burden of disease caused by the environment and occupational risks
In 2006, WHO has released a report estimating how much of global disease could be prevented through healthier environment "Preventing disease through healthy environments: towards an estimate of the global burden of disease". This work built on previous efforts that WHO had coordinated to estimate the global estimates of burden of disease caused by 26 risk factors, published in the World Health Report 2002, in cooperation with numerous experts around the world, where five of these risk factors were environmental and six were occupational.
Only selected risk factors and health impacts had been taken into account, which were based on the strongest evidence. The sum of the estimated health impacts therefore strongly underestimated the global health impacts which are caused by the environment.
Household and ambient air pollution
Based on the recommendations of the Household and Ambient Air Pollution Expert Groups involved in the Comparative Risk Assessment (CRA) done as part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2010 led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, new methods for assessing exposure and disease risks have been used to update air pollution attributable mortality for the year 2012.
Graphs & maps
- Integrated risk function for estimating burden of disease from air pollution
- Burden of disease attributable to household air pollution
- Exposure to ambient air pollution
- Exposure to household air pollution
- Ambient and household air pollution and health
- Database on source apportionment studies for particulate matter in the air (PM10 and PM2.5)
Water, sanitation and hygiene
Climate change and health
Results and Methods
- Global Health Observatory: Public health and environment
- Environmental burden of disease: Country profiles for the year 2004
- Global Burden of Disease Study 2010