WHO: 1.7M children die every year due to polluted environments

Consider that a quarter of all global deaths of children under 5 are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including water and air, second hand smoke and adequate hygiene.

Unsanitary and polluted environments can lead to fatal cases of diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia kill 1.7 million children each year. A polluted environment can be deadly on young children, they’re developing organs and immune systems, smaller airways, and bodies make them vulnerable to dirty air and water.

Households without access to safe water and sanitation , or that are polluted with smoke from unclean fuels such as dung or coal for cooking and heating present higher risks for diarrhea and pneumonia.

Children are also exposed to harmful chemicals through food, water , and air around them.

Investing in the removal of environmental risks to health , such as improving water quality or using cleaner fuels will result in massive health benefits.


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