More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments, according to a new WHO report. A major cause is smoke due to the use of unclean fuels and inefficient stoves for cooking, which puts children are at an increased risk of diarrhoea and pneumonia. Read the full release and report.

 

6 MARCH 2017 | GENEVA - More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO reports.