Air pollution killing 14,300 Kenyans annually: report

Exhaust fumes engulf a Nairobi street. Almost any measure which will significantly reduce harmful vehicle exhaust emissions is a good thing. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In Kenya, according to a United Nations report of 2016 titled “Actions on Air Quality”, at least 14,300 Kenyans die every year from health conditions which can be traced back to indoor air pollution with pneumonia cited as one of the biggest killers associated with air pollution.
  • In the report, "Inheriting a sustainable world: Atlas on children's health and the environment", the WHO said harmful exposure can start in the womb, and then continue if infants and toddlers are exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution and second-hand smoke.

At least 1.7 million children under the age of five die every year due to unhealthy or polluted environments, a report has revealed.

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