Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

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Public health and environment

Mortality and burden of disease from unhealthy environments: In 2012, 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, representing 23% of all deaths. When accounting for both death and disability, the fraction of the global burden of disease due to the environment is 22%. In children under five years, up to 26% of all deaths could be prevented, if environmental risks were removed. 68% of these attributable deaths and 56% of attributable DALYs could be estimated with evidence-based comparative risk assessment methods, the impacts of other environmental exposures were assessed through expert opinion.

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Total environment

23%of all estimated global deaths are linked to the environment

Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks

Household air pollution

3.8 milliondeaths every year as a result of exposure to indoor smoke from cooking fuels

Mortality from household air pollution

Ambient air pollution

4.2 milliondeaths every year as a result of exposure to fine particulate matter

Mortality from ambient air pollution
indoor air pollution
chemical hazards
  • Chemicals
    Exposure assessment, burden of disease and poisons centres

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