Environment Perils a Big Killer of Children - Study
Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:27 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Environmental hazards such as pollution, unsafe water, poor sanitation, lead poisoning and injuries are the cause of one third of child and adolescent deaths in the European region, health experts said on Friday.
Pollution from burning coal and wood indoors without ventilation is a leading killer of children in the central Asian republics and Turkey.
Unsafe water and sanitation is a major cause of young deaths in eastern European nations, while injuries, mainly from road traffic accidents, top the list across the European region, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO).