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July 28, 2020

Air Pollution As Serious A Threat As Communicable Diseases In Africa: Report

Average life expectancy in central, west Africa would be 1.2 years lower, and a total of 677 million person-years would be lost, if high pollution levels persist
By
Shagun Kapil

Air pollution was rivalling communicable diseases in the central and west Africa region, posing just as serious a health threat. The average person in the region is exposed to particulate pollution levels double the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to report by The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC).

The report came out on July 28, 2020.

If the high particulate pollution levels persist, average life expectancy in the regions would be 1.2 years lower, and a total of 677 million person-years would be lost, relative to if air quality met the WHO standard, according to the report.

The Air Quality Life Index data in the report was averaged across all women, men, and children globally, and covered period between 1998 and 2018.

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