WHO HAS BEEN HONOURED WITH LUNG HEALTH AWARD FOR AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES

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On September 6th, the World Health Organization was awarded with the annual European Lung Foundation award for improving the lung health of millions of people by providing outdoor air quality guidelines.

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, received the award during the annual congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) celebrated in Munich. ‘It’s a pleasure and honour for me to accept the 2014 European Lung Foundation award for WHO’s work in improving respiratory health through our outdoor air quality guidelines’, said Ms Jakab.

Breathing pure air is fundamental to a healthy human population, yet air pollution poses a threat to the physical well-being of millions of people around the world. WHO estimates that air pollution was at the root of 7 million premature deaths in 2012, with 3.7 million of these being connected with por outdoor air quality.

According to statements of Ms Jakab, ‘despite progress, 80% of people in the European Union live in cities where levels of air pollution still exceed our recommendations, and citizens in the most polluted cities could add 20 months on average to their life expectancy if the guidelines were followed’.

WHO produced its first set of air quality guidelines in 1987, with subsequent updates in 2000 and 2005. The guidelines are based on expert reviews of the latest scientific research on the health effects of air pollution. The latest guidelines cover the four main pollutants found in outdoor air: particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen and sulphur dioxide.

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WHO HAS BEEN HONOURED WITH LUNG HEALTH AWARD FOR AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES

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On September 6th, the World Health Organization was awarded with the annual European Lung Foundation award for improving the lung health of millions of people by providing outdoor air quality guidelines.

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, received the award during the annual congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) celebrated in Munich. ‘It’s a pleasure and honour for me to accept the 2014 European Lung Foundation award for WHO’s work in improving respiratory health through our outdoor air quality guidelines’, said Ms Jakab.

Breathing pure air is fundamental to a healthy human population, yet air pollution poses a threat to the physical well-being of millions of people around the world. WHO estimates that air pollution was at the root of 7 million premature deaths in 2012, with 3.7 million of these being connected with por outdoor air quality.

According to statements of Ms Jakab, ‘despite progress, 80% of people in the European Union live in cities where levels of air pollution still exceed our recommendations, and citizens in the most polluted cities could add 20 months on average to their life expectancy if the guidelines were followed’.

WHO produced its first set of air quality guidelines in 1987, with subsequent updates in 2000 and 2005. The guidelines are based on expert reviews of the latest scientific research on the health effects of air pollution. The latest guidelines cover the four main pollutants found in outdoor air: particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen and sulphur dioxide.

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LA OMS HA SIDO GALARDONADA CON EL PREMIO ANUAL DE SALUD PULMONAR POR SU GUIA DE CALIDAD DEL AIRE

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El pasado 6 de Septiembre, la Organización Mundial de la Salud fue galardonada con el premio anual de la European Lung Foundation por haber contribuido a la mejora de la calidad de vida de miles de personas gracias a la publicación de su Guía de Calidad del Aire Exterior.

Zsuzsanna Jakab, Directora Regional de Europa de la OMS, recibió el galardón durante la celebración anual del Congreso de la European Respiratory Society que ha tenido lugar en Munich. ‘Es un placer y un honor para mi, aceptar el premio 2014 de la European Lung Foundation por el trabajo realizado en la Organización Mundial de la Salud en referencia a la mejora de la salud respiratoria gracias a nuestra Guia de Calidad del Aire Exterior’, declaró Jakab.

Respirar aire puro es fundamental para el desarrollo saludable de la población, aunque la polución ambiental sigue siendo un problema para el bienestar de millones de personas. La OMS estima que la polución del aire fue causante de mas de 7 millones de muertes prematuras durante el 2012, de las cuales 3,7 millones fueron a causa de la mala calidad de aire interior.

Según declaraciones de Zsuzsanna Jakab, ‘a pesar del progreso, el 80% de personas en la Unión Europea viven en ciudades, donde los niveles de contaminación del aire todavía exceden nuestras recomendaciones, y los ciudadanos de las ciudades más contaminadas podrían añadir 20 meses de promedio a su esperanza de vida si se siguieran las directrices’.

La OMS redactó su primer recopilatorio de directrices referentes a la calidad del aire en 1987, con subsiguientes actualizaciones en 2000 y 2005. Se trata de una guía basada en opiniones de expertos de las últimas investigaciones científicas sobre los efectos en la salud de la contaminación del aire. Su ultima publicación cubre los 4 contaminantes mas importantes encontrados en la atmosfera: partículas, ozono, nitrógeno y dióxido sulfúrico.

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