In the world's poorest countries, pollution is responsible for a significant percentage of illness and death. In a single province in India, 80% of morbidity and mortality can be attributed to unsafe drinking water. Meanwhile, indoor air pollution caused by burning solid fuels (in kitchens, for example) is estimated to claim over 1 million lives each year.
Poverty Environment Net currently has over 40 articles on Pollution and Health in its index. These articles explore the pollution and health link: how better air quality, water sanitation and solid waste management practices are critical not only because of their environmental value, but also because of the anticipated positive effects on the health of the poor. The following links are a sample of the subjects covered in this focal area.
- Championing 100% Sanitation Coverage in Rural Communities in India (ADB)
- Health, Environment and The Burden Of Disease: A Guidance Note (DFID)
- Guide to Monitoring Target 11: Improving the Lives of 100 Million Slum Dwellers 2003 (UN-HABITAT)
- Smoke in the Kitchen: Health impacts of indoor air pollution in developing countries (UNDP)
- Brief Report on South Asia Regional Workshop on Indoor Air Pollution, Health and Household Energy
- Environment Matters: Annual Review 2005 (World Bank)
- Air and Noise Pollution Reduction from Tricycles (ADB)
- WHO Climate and Health Fact Sheet