Health effects of ambient air pollution in developing countries

Pier Mannuccio Mannucci, Massimo Franchini

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The deleterious effects of ambient air pollution on human health have been consistently documented by many epidemiologic studies worldwide, and it has been calculated that globally at least seven million deaths are annually attributable to the effects of air pollution. The major air pollutants emitted into the atmosphere by a number of natural processes and human activities include nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. In addition to the poor ambient air quality, there is increasing evidence that indoor air pollution also poses a serious threat to human health, especially in low-income countries that still use biomass fuels as an energy resource. This review summarizes the current knowledge on ambient air pollution in financially deprived populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1048
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 12 2017


  • Air pollution
  • Children
  • Developing countries
  • Health
  • Low-income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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