Health and Environment

The environment influences human health in many ways — through exposures to physical, chemical and biological risk factors, and through related changes in behaviour in response to those factors. According to the WHO, 13 million deaths annually are due to preventable environmental causes. Mitigating environmental risk could save as many as four million lives a year in children alone, mostly in developing countries.

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The impact of the environment on health is a growing concern for the WMA and its members. Since 2007, the Association has been engaged in policy development and other activities, promoting the role of medical associations and individual physicians in preventing the damaging effects of the environment on health.