10 facts on children's environmental health
Updated October 2014
All children need healthy, safe, and protective environments to ensure normal growth, development and well-being.
Nearly one-third of the 6.6 million under-5 child deaths every year are associated with environment-related causes and conditions. Environmental risk factors often act in concert, and their effects are exacerbated by adverse social and economic conditions – particularly conflict, poverty, and malnutrition.