Health groups call on the leaders of the Western Balkan countries to harmonize national air quality standards with the World Health Organization Global air quality guidelines. Health experts should be actively involved in these decision-making processes to ensure the timely integration of public health measures into environmental policies. Compliance with WHO recommendations brings multiple benefits – reduced incidence of chronic diseases and premature deaths, reduced overall health costs and, most importantly, better health and higher productivity of people.
The Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) is a four-year Wellcome Trust funded project that will deliver key global research on the systems that connect urban development and health.
Alongside partner cities in France, China and Kenya the project will assist decision-makers and the public in areas of development that afford the greatest opportunities for health and sustainability. CUSSH aims to develop critical evidence on how to achieve the far-reaching transformation of cities needed to address vital environmental imperatives for population and planetary health in the 21st century.
HEAL has joined this network of expert scientists and practitioners, and will work particularly on engaging stakeholders and building their capacity, as well as communicating to a wide range of target audiences. We are particularly excited that this project will generate evidence on which interventions on environment, climate are most promising to protect health at the local level.
HEAL’s work will be led by Sophie Perroud, HEAL’s policy coordinator.
— CUSSH (@ComplexUrbanSys) March 1, 2018