Air pollution is the main environmental contributor to the global burden of diseases, leading to between six million and seven million premature deaths and welfare losses estimated at US$5 trillion annually.
Air pollution exposure, especially to fine particulate matter, is highest for urban residents in some countries with rapid urbanization trends and for approximately three billion people who depend on burning fuels such as wood, coal, crop residue, dung and kerosene for cooking, heating and lighting. The elderly, very young, ill and poor are more susceptible to the impact of air pollution.
Women are the worst sufferers due to air pollution! So we will have to work with all the stakeholders to save millions of lives before we die due to air pollution.
I have described details in my story/editorial titled "Air pollution:
Women are worst sufferers; by PARVEZ BABUL, The daily Observer, March 15,
Link to view: http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=188363
Thank you so much in advance for your time and feedback!
Journalist, poet and author
HIFA Profile: Parvez Babul is a health journalist in Bangladesh and write articles on health, nutrition, gender, women's empowerment, climate change and development issues in national international newspapers. His book: Women's Empowerment, Food Security and Climate Change has been published in February this year. He is the Convener of Bangladesh Climate Change Journalists Forum. He has been working to improve health and nutrition situation of the women and children in Bangladesh through working with an international voluntary organization.
Parvez Babul welcomes email from the members of HIFA at: parvezbabul AT yahoo.com, parvezbabul AT gmail.com