Global estimates of burden of disease caused by the environment and occupational risks
In 2006, WHO has released a report estimating how much of global disease could be prevented through healthier environment "Preventing disease through healthy environments: towards an estimate of the global burden of disease". This work builds on previous efforts that WHO has coordinated to estimate the global estimates of burden of disease caused by 26 risk factors, published in the World Health Report 2002, in cooperation with numerous experts around the world, where five of these risk factors were environmental and six were occupational.
Health impacts have been analyzed with a comparative and internally consistent method, based on exposure distributions and exposure-risk relatiionships. Results are provided for 14 regions of the world by gender and age groups.
Only selected risk factors and health impacts have been taken into account, which are based on the strongest evidence. The sum of the estimated health impacts therefore strongly underestimates the global health impacts which are caused by the environment.
Results by risk factors for the year 2004
More information on the risk factor estimates for the year 2004
Risk exposure prevalence