Urgent health challenges for the next decade!
WHO released (2020) a list of 13 urgent, global health challenges. Ironically Air Pollution is #1.
The list, developed with input from experts around the world, reflects a deep concern that leaders are failing to invest enough resources in core health priorities and systems.
This puts lives, livelihoods, and economies in jeopardy. None of these issues are simple to address, but they are within reach. Public health is ultimately a political choice.
Issue #1 – Elevating health in the climate debate
What’s the challenge?
The climate crisis is a health crisis. Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people every year, while climate change causes more extreme weather events, exacerbates malnutrition, and fuels the spread of infectious diseases.
The same emissions that cause global warming are responsible for more than one-quarter of deaths from heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory disease. Leaders in both the public and private sectors must work together to clean up our air and mitigate the health impacts of climate change.
Transport, Power generation & Biomass burning are the major yet easily controllable culprits in Sri Lanka, but we continually fail in taking action!
The same emissions that cause global warming are responsible for more than one-quarter of deaths from heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases.
Leaders in both the public and private sectors must work together to clean up our air and mitigate the health impacts of climate change.
Atop other sources of air pollution PM2.5 mainly caused by vehicles has not been controlled over the past decade. The country runs on a decade-old vehicle emission policy and standards, and fails to update or take any progressive action!
What WHO is doing?
In 2019, over 80 cities in more than 50 countries committed to WHO’s air quality guidelines, agreeing to align their air pollution and climate policies. This year, WHO will work towards developing a set of policy options for governments to prevent or reduce the health risks of air pollution.
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