More than one in four deaths of children under five years age can be attributed to unhealthy environments and every year environmental risks like indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene result in the deaths of 1.7 million children under five years, said two new reports released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday.
According to the report, Inheriting a Sustainable World: Atlas on Children’s Health and the Environment, a large portion of the most common causes of death among children aged one month to five years—diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia—are preventable by interventions known to reduce environmental risks, such as access to safe water and clean cooking fuel.
Another report, Don’t pollute my future! The impact of the environment on children’s health, showed 570,000 children under five die from respiratory infections such as pneumonia, attributable to indoor and outdoor air pollution and second-hand smoke.
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