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Healthy environments for healthy children

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Dhaka, 7 July, 2021: A child born today has a much better chance of reaching her fifth birthday than ever before. But climate change and environmental degradation threaten to reverse progress on child and adolescent survival, health and well-being.

Children worldwide face a host of environmental hazards, like polluted air, water and food; exposure to toxic chemicals; unsafe infrastructure; and threats related to climate change.

Floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events destroy infrastructure and economies, and pose unique threats to young bodies and minds. Slower-onset events such as droughts and the spread of parasites, bacterial diseases and viral diseases present dangers that are more pronounced for children.

An estimated 26% of deaths in children under five years old can be prevented by addressing environmental risks. 

Environmental hazards have been linked to a range of significant health risks for children. For example, the global rise of cancer, diabetes, neurodevelopmental disorders and asthma has accompanied a surge in air pollution, e-waste and the use of harmful chemicals in everyday products. 

Three hundred million children live in areas with toxic air (where toxicity levels are six or more times higher than international guidelines). And around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million worldwide – have dangerously high blood lead levels.

Improving children’s ability to survive and thrive means addressing the profound ways in which environmental factors shape their health and well-being.

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