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HEI's Global Health Program
Nine out of ten people on Earth are exposed to harmful levels of PM2.5 pollution, with the highest exposures occurring in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Air Quality and Health in Europe
In Europe, HEI has funded various epidemiological studies on the health effects of traffic-related air pollution and noise and on health effects at low exposure concentrations. In May 2023, HEI co-organized a meeting in Brussels alongside the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), and the European Commission to discuss recently proposed revisions to the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive (AAQD). Participants looked at the directive’s strengths and weaknesses, identified remaining challenges, and explored additional policy options. Our air pollution and health program is currently funding several research studies of air pollution, traffic, and health in Europe.
Global Burden of Disease from Major Air Pollution Sources (GBD MAPS)
In 2014, HEI initiated the Global Burden of Disease from Major Air Pollution Sources (GBD MAPS) project. Using the GBD framework, investigators for GBD MAPS have estimated the burden of disease attributable to major ambient air pollution sources in countries around the world. So far, we have published three reports under this initiative. More.
Watch a short video highlighting the connections among air quality, climate, and health.
Shipping Emissions in the Yangtze River Delta, China
HEI worked with a team of investigators from Fudan, Tsinghua Universities, and other Chinese research institutions to conduct a comprehensive analysis of emissions from shipping and related health impacts. Estimates were also prepared for the year 2030 under three future emissions control scenarios (see Special Report 22).
Household Air Pollution in Ghana
Household Air Pollution and Noncommunicable Disease
In 2018, HEI published a critical assessment of the state of the science examining the linkages between household air pollution formed by the burning of solid fuels and noncommunicable diseases. (see HEI Communication 18).
Public Health and Air Pollution in Asia (PAPA)
In the 2000s, with support from foundations, HEI conducted the Public Health and Air Pollution in Asia (PAPA) program (see our coordinated studies in four cities and a comprehensive review of the Asian literature on air pollution and health). The PAPA program sought to inform regional decisions about improving air quality in Asia.