Air Pollution Top Health Concern

As a part of their top 10 list, The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that air pollution is the top concern for the organization. The primary cause of air pollution is the burning of fossil fuels which is also the main cause of climate change. The WHO has put together a strategic plan to meet this and the other 9 public health challenges.

The top 10 list

  1. Air pollution and climate change
  2. Noncommunicable diseases
  3. Global influenza pandemic
  4. Fragile and vulnerable settings
  5. Antimicrobial resistance
  6. Ebola and other high-threat pathogens
  7. Weak primary health care
  8. Vaccine hesitancy
  9. Dengue
  10. HIV

The strategy

The strategy to meet these challenges includes a triple billion target which is designed to ensure 1 billion more people benefit from access to universal health coverage, 1 billion more people are protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and well-being. All by 2023.

“Health is a human right. No one should get sick or die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the services they need.” − Dr Tedros

WHO Programme of Work 2019-2023

Source: World Health Organization

Categories: Briefing, Climate

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