Quantifying environmental health impacts


Key publications

Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks

The main message emerging from this new comprehensive global assessment is that premature death and disease can be prevented through healthier environments – and to a significant degree.

Preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by reducing environmental risk factors

This publication highlights the special relevance of environmental risks for NCDs. It presents the burden of NCDs caused by environmental risks, as well as the many areas where action on environmental determinants is needed to reduce the burden.

Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health

In 2015, 5.9 million children under age five died. The major causes of child deaths globally are pneumonia, prematurity, intrapartum-related complications, neonatal sepsis, congenital anomalies, diarrhoea, injuries and malaria.

Public health impact of chemicals: knowns and unknowns

This report provides examples of effective interventions to prevent death and disease caused by chemicals, and the economic benefits to be gained.

Preventing diarrhoea through better water, sanitation and hygiene: exposures and impacts in low- and middle-income countries

A series of studies, led by WHO in collaboration with 14 leading research institutions, estimates the burden of disease caused by unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene in 145 low- and middle-income countries.

Ambient air pollution: A global assessment of exposure and burden of disease

This report presents a summary of methods and results of the latest WHO global assessment of ambient air pollution exposure and the resulting burden of disease.

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