Global Challenges

A growing need to address global environmental health inequalities.
  • Worldwide, nearly 25% of mortality and loss of health years can be attributed to environmental factors.

  • The environmental “burden of disease” is disproportionately carried by low-income countries, where  environmental health issues are amplified by socio-economic and political instabilities.

  • More than 90% of pollution-related deaths occur in low-income nations.

  • Artisanal and small scale mining operations increased 20% in a five year period across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

  • Children are 5 times more likely to lose healthy life years to environmental risk factors. Children in low-income countries lose 8 times more healthy life years than those in high income countries.

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