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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Indoor Air Pollution contributing to global disease burden in a big way

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Residential houses, offices, schools and colleges and the work environment, shops, restaurants etc. contribute to indoor air pollution in many different ways.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that cooking and heating with solid fuels on open fires or on traditional stoves result in high levels of indoor air pollution.

Indoor smoke contains a range of health damaging pollutants such as small particles and carbon monoxide etc.

In poorly ventilated dwellings, indoor smoke can exceed acceptable levels for small particles 100 fold. Exposure is particularly high among women and young children who spend the most time near the domestic sources of pollution.

According to Global Health Risks Mortality and Burden of disease attributed to selected major risks indoor air pollution is responsible for 2.7% of the global burden of disease.

Programmes of WHO on Indoor Air Pollution to combat this substantial and growing burden of disease, comprise- research and evaluation, capacity building, and providing evidence for policy makers.

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