23% of global mortality related to the environment
- 16 March 2016
The report of the World Health Organization attests: 1/4 of deaths worldwide is due to the environment.
In 2012, 12.6 million people have contracted a disease due to unhealthy personal and / or professional environment.
Air pollution, water and soil, exposure to chemicals, climate change, ultraviolet radiation... contribute to the development of disease and injury.
The 10 diseases identified
- stroke - 2.5 million,
- ischemic heart disease - 2.3 million,
- unintentional traumatism - 1.7 million,
- cancer - 1.7 million,
- acute respiratory disease - 1.4 million,
- diarrheal diseases - 846 000,
- respiratory infections - 567 000,
- neonatal diseases - 270 000,
- malaria - 259 000,
- intentional traumatism - 246 000.
Who is affected?
Diseases related to the environment touch largely children (1.7 million) and older people (4.9 million).
They particularly affect low- and middle-income.
In its report, which updates the first version released in 2006, WHO presents measures.
To consult WHO's report in full, click here.