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HEAL in Poland: Scientific conference on economic costs of air pollution

During a conference on 21 April at the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw, HEAL’s Weronika Piestrzyńska talked about the economic costs of air pollution. The conference is the most important annual scientific event on the impact of air quality on public health in Poland.

The event entitled “Impact of air pollution on health DUM SPIRO SPERO”, organised by the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw in cooperation with the Polish Respiratory Society and the Polish Federation of Asthma, Allergy and COPD once again focused attention on the importance of air quality for the health of people living in Poland. The event was opened by WIM Director Grzegorz Gielerak, a representative of the Ministry of Health, Head of WHO Country Office in Poland Paulina Miśkiewicz and MD Tadeusz Zielonka.

Weronika presented the economic costs of air pollution, including calculations of the cost of health care brought together by HEAL. Her presentation is available in Polish here

Among the prominent doctors and public health specialists there was a discussion on health consequences of breathing polluted air, including - what should be done to mobilise the health sector to take further steps aiming at increasing public knowledge on the threats posed by polluted air.

Throughout the conference it was repeatedly stressed that air pollution that attacks the respiratory and circulatory system cause new cases of asthma and COPD, can cause abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks and strokes, and also contribute to the formation and development of tumours. In Poland air pollution results in one of the highest percentages of deaths attributable to small particulate matter PM2.5, which an estimated 45,000 premature deaths annually according to the European Environmental Agency (EEA).

Awareness of the negative impacts of air pollution on health and the fast effective action is a major challenge not only for politicians, local government officials, environmentalists, but also for doctors and scientists who attended the WIM conference.

Last updated on 30 May 2016

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