Indoor air pollution

Burden of disease

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Copyright: Nigel Bruce

Reliable and comparable analysis of risks to health is essential for quantifying the underlying causes of disease and death, and for prioritizing preventive interventions. WHO conducted a comparative risk assessment to estimate the contributions of selected major risk factors to the burden of disease in a unified framework. The results for the year 2000 were published in The World Health Report 2002. Solid fuel use - as a cause of acute lower respiratory infections in children and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults - was assessed as one of these risk factors. The assessment of the burden of disease from solid fuel use was updated for the year 2002 in Fuel for life: household energy and health., and the most recent update for 2004 was published in Global Health Risks: Mortality and burden of disease attributable to selected major risks .

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The results are presented as global, regional and national burden of disease estimates: