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The PATS and ERS paediatric webinar series continued with ‘Air pollution and the lung in children: the evidence for exposure and prevention measures’ on 13 July, 2021.
Air pollution is increasingly recognised as a global health emergency affecting both high and low-to-middle income countries. The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of children in Africa live in homes with unclean sources of energy. It is estimated that an average European’s life expectancy is reduced by one year as a result of air pollution. Air pollution has detrimental effects on lung health across the lifespan from in utero to childhood and adolescence. Increased respiratory tract infection, recurrent cough, asthma exacerbations have been associated with increased pollution.
This webinar focused on current evidence of the impact of exposure to air pollution in lung health and what prevention measures can be taken to improve outcomes.