Air Pollution

Health Sector Leaders Call for Immediate Action to Improve Air Quality | Joint Statement

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On February 2017, representatives of more than 5000 healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals that form the Health and Environment Leadership Platform (HELP) released a joint statement today calling for concerted action to reduce air pollution in India.

The Health and Environment Leadership Platform was also formally launched today by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)


The health care sector can work to reduce the harmful impacts of transport to and from its facilities by locating near public transportation lines, launching telemedicine initiatives, and developing energy-efficient fleets of vehicles.

Transportation is a major source of air pollution throughout the world, particularly in urban areas. Exposure to air pollutants can cause respiratory illnesses and increases in emergency room visits. Rising ground level ozone levels are also linked to higher temperatures in urban areas.