• Most important projects and stakeholders working in this area of public health, including intergovernmental organizations, national government bodies, and non-state actors.

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    Stakeholders & projects
    Organisations: 4
  • Information and evidence resources, issue briefs, case studies and evidence synthesis briefs that can inform policy-making.

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    Evidence and evidence-informed practice
    Databases: 2Overviews: 17
  • A collection of policies and analyses in this area of public health in the WHO European Region.

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    Policy & analysis
    Policy: 11Analysis: 1
  • A reference list of tools and methods to aid in the design, implementation and monitoring of policies in this area of public health.

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    Tools & methods
    Policy support: 3
  • Explore related indicators and visualizations, download data in Excel and CSV formats, analyze and share graphics.

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    Indicators & visualizations
    Indicators: 14Visualizations: 30

About the theme

Evidence shows that air pollution at current levels in European cities is responsible for a significant burden of deaths, hospital admissions and exacerbation of symptoms, especially for cardiorespiratory disease. While the hazardous properties of many common pollutants are still under intensive research, evidence-based policies demonstrate that health protection is possible and effective. WHO Regional Office for Europe works to make sure that the available evidence on the health risks of air pollution is used in public debate and in policy-making.

Featured indicator

  • Degree of implementation of policies to reduce exposure of children to SHS in the WHO European Region (Map)
  • Proportion of countries in the WHO European Region implementing policies to reduce exposure of children to SHS, legal action - ban (Bar chart)