10 facts on preventing disease through healthy environments

November 2010

Environmental hazards are responsible for about a quarter of the total burden of disease worldwide, and as much as 30% in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa. As many as 13 million deaths can be prevented every year by making our environments healthier.

Rubbish heap with people and animals
M. D. Ibrahim

This fact file highlights the impact of environmental factors on public health. Some of the images used in this fact file are winning entries from the 2007 WHO ICF photo and video contest focusing on the theme "health and environment".

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