COP22 Climate Change Talks: Air Pollution & Respiratory Diseases + Toolkit

Clean the Air for Children UNICEF Report

COP22 Climate Change Talks: Air Pollution & Respiratory Diseases + Toolkit

The Every Breath Counts advocacy campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of the linkages between air pollution and childhood pneumonia – one of the leading killers of children under five. Coinciding with COP22, this year’s World Pneumonia Day (November 12th) will provide a strategic and exciting opportunity to build linkages between the worlds of environmental protection and health, promoting collaboration and creating synergies.

Climate change disproportionately affects low-income countries, particularly those located in the Global South. These countries are generally also more dependent on dirty energy sources for cooking fuel. According to WHO data, approximately three billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and simple stoves burning biomass fuels (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.

Several academic studies highlight the connections between air pollution, climate change, and respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. Every year, over four million people die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution created by cooking and heating with solid fuels. Disturbingly, household air pollution contributes to more than 50 per cent of pneumonia deaths of children under five, and pneumonia to more than 16 per cent of all under-five mortality. In addition to increased levels of indoor air pollution, many low income countries are also experiencing high rates of urbanization, resulting in drastic increases in air pollution from automobiles and industry. The combination of increased levels of ambient and indoor air pollution, coupled with lower levels of access to community-based health services, is a fatal combination.


Pneumonia Progress Report: Ending Child Deaths from Pneumonia and Diarrhea: One is Too Many

Air Pollution Report: Clear the Air for Children

Air Pollution Report: Clean the Air for Children (Executive Summary)

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