More than 13 million people die each year worldwide from preventable causes related to the environment. Data extracted from a report of the World Health Organization (who) attest to the growing interrelationship between the planet’s environment and the health of humans. According to Maria Neira, Director of the Department of public health and environment of the who, almost half of all deaths from malaria and 94% of the cases of death by diarrhoeal diseases avoidable by promoting favorable policies to the care of the natural environment that surrounds us. Mercury pollution, air pollution, exposure to pesticides or water with high levels of contaminants are the main causative agents of damage in men’s health. Diarrhea is caused by the unsanitary water, lower respiratory tract infections are caused by air pollution, and pneumonia chronic obstructive would be to a lesser extent in dust-free environments or smoke from cigarettes or gases created in the combustion of fossil fuels.
We knew that the environment influences health a lot, but we’ve never had so accurate estimates such as these that will help us to demonstrate rational investments aimed at creating a favourable environment can be an effective strategy to improve health and achieve a sustainable development, says Dr Anders Nordstrom, acting Director-General of the who. Children make up the group most vulnerable to diseases caused by environmental causes. The rapid growth of the humans in their first years of life makes your breathing faster and that swallowing a greater amount of food and water, thus increasing the risk of problems associated with the environment. 33% Of diseases in children under 5 years are caused by these agents. People with fewer economic resources are also more exposed to environmental risks. Almost 26 million Latin Americans living in United States live in areas that violate air quality standards required.
The supplies of drinking water in garlic, Albuquerque and Arizona, with a large Latin American population, possess high levels of arsenic. 12% Of the inhabitants of the border areas between Mexico and United States do not have access to drinking water. Many Latin American immigrants in the United States are engaged in agriculture. Work in the field already is no environment for these people advantage, since they are exposed to toxic pesticides used in extensive farming. Many of environmental hazards, such as small contaminant particles in the water or in the air are invisible to the human eye. Proper signage and alert the population of these risks by the authorities would be the first step. Don’t pour toxic waste into waters or air, or debug them when needed could prevent many deaths. Investment in environment is investing in health for all. For this reason, promoting a storage clean water for human consumption human, the use of cleaner fuels and more prudent management of toxic substances are a few essential and effective vaccines that backtrackings and would improve the life of the planet and the beings that inhabit it.