Feature: Pollution and Health

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.