EXPERT CONSULTATION FOR THE REGIONAL PLAN OF ACTION ON HEALTH IMPACTS OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS, AMMAN

On May 24-25, 2017, CEDARE participated in the expert consultation to finalize the regional plan of action for regional implementation of the global roadmap to address the health impacts of indoor and out24-25 Ammandoor air pollution 2017-2020, covering the 22 countries of the East Mediterranean (EM) region of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Throughout multiple working sessions, the draft regional plan was discussed and edited in break-out sessions to better reflect the specificities of the region and to include the expert feedback. The proposed plan of action considers the specific context-related characteristics of the ‎region such as the prevalence of naturally occurring air pollutants (sand and dust), the hot and ‎arid nature of the region, and the lack of information on air pollution in terms of monitoring and ‎weak surveillance systems, as well as the prevalence of indoor tobacco smoking.

The plan also considers the outputs made by other regional and ‎international organizations, such as the Arab Strategy on Health and Environment 2017-30; the ‎Sustainable Development Goals 3, 7 and 11, the Paris agreement on climate change, and the ‎Marrakech declaration on health and environment 2016.‎

A recent study by the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)‎ ‎ ‎found that health and welfare losses due to air pollution are estimated to be about 2.2% of the ‎GDP of the Region (US$ 160 billion) including US$ 20 billion in terms of lost labor income, highlighting the pressing need for concerted efforts to address air pollution.