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WHO Environmental Health Economics Network

Members of the network including HEAL recently met to discuss an upcoming joint WHO/OECD publication on health economics and air pollution.

Recent WHO estimates confirmed that air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk, attributable to 7 million premature deaths globally in 2012 as a result of the joint effects of outdoor and household air pollution, with 582 000 of those deaths occurring in the European region.

The publication will contain health economics revealing the costs to society from air pollution-related health impacts for use in policy making at regional level. Meeting participants analyzed a range of issues, including choice of economic tools and methodologies; gaps and challenges to address; scope, trends and emphases; and communication aspects.

For more information please contact Frank George, Technical Officer on Environmental Health and Economics at

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Originally posted on 12 February 2015

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