Special Issue "Lung Health, Tuberculosis, and Air Pollution in Low- and Middle-Income Countries"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).
Interests: household air pollution; chronic respiratory disease; asthma; Africa
Non-communicable lung diseases, tuberculosis (TB), and pneumonia are leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Most of this burden falls on the world’s poorest people living in low- and middle-income countries. Non-communicable lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affect approximately 1 in 10 people around the world. Asthma is the commonest chronic disease in childhood. World Health Organization (WHO) data indicate that over 10 million people became ill from TB in 2016, of whom 1.7 million died. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death amongst children under the age of 5 outside the neonatal period. The inhalation of polluted air—including household air pollution, outdoor air pollution, and air pollution from tobacco smoke—is a major cause of lung disease, causing around 13 million deaths globally each year.
Although it is recognized that household air pollution is associated with adverse health outcomes, this issue has received little attention from the research community in relation to the magnitude of the problem, largely because it primarily affects the world’s poor. Around three billion people use solid fuels (animal dung, crop residues, wood, charcoal, coal) to provide energy for their day-to-day cooking and heating needs, including around 700 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. These dirty-burning fuels produce large amounts of partial combustion substances that cause high levels of air pollution both indoors in households and outdoors. The WHO estimates that over four million people die every year as a result of exposure to household air pollution. The morbidity and mortality associated with exposure to household air pollution are linked with poverty and, as such, are a problem especially for the rural poor and for people living in sub-Saharan Africa.
In recognition of the magnitude of the global health challenges represented by lung diseases, tuberculosis, and air pollution, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health devotes this Special Issue to recent findings in “Lung Health, Tuberculosis, and Air Pollution in Low- and Middle-Income Countries”.
You are invited to submit manuscripts to be considered for publication in this Special Issue. We will particularly welcome submissions from sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Kevin Mortimer
Dr. Alison Lee
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- Lung diseases
- Household air pollution
- Outdoor air pollution
- Biomass fuel
- Low- and middle-income countries
- Sub-Saharan Africa