Air Pollution Impact on Health


This project aims at reducing the risks of air pollution to maternal and child health in urban Mongolia targeting the most polluted areas of Ulaanbaatar and one province centre. This sector governance project establishes evidence linking air pollution and its health impact, pilots and improves risk reduction measures for children and pregnant women, and both will inform policy making. Swiss know-how will be applied, i.e. through involvement of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Mongolia
Governance
Cambio climático y medio ambiente
Salud
Política del sector público
Environmental policy
Atención primaria de salud
01.10.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF 4'912'500
Contexto Air pollution in urban Mongolia is amongst the highest in the world. In winter months, the levels of PM2.5 pollution can reach 1,985 micrograms per cubic meter — nearly 80 times the level WHO recommends as safe. The vast majority of that pollution is caused by the burning of coal for homes’ heating. Air pollution has a devastating impact on children’s health. According to UNICEF and the Public Health Institute, pneumonia is now the second leading cause of under-five child mortality in Mongolia. Children living in a highly-polluted district of Ulaanbaatar were found to have 40% lower lung function than children living in a rural area. In the last 10 years, the incidence of respiratory diseases in the country has increased alarmingly, including a 2.7-fold increase in flu, flu-like symptoms and asthma. In Ulaanbaatar, a 3.5-fold increase in foetal deaths has been documented between winter and summer. These harmful effects are likely to manifest throughout children’s lives and in turn fuelling intergenerational cycles of disadvantage. Most of the efforts made by the Government and development partners are focusing on clean energy solutions; measures undertaken so far are not effective, not evidence based and specific data on air pollution and health remains insufficient. Meanwhile, urgent actions must be taken to reduce maternal and child health risks in Mongolia.
Objetivos

The project goal is to reduce the risks of air pollution to maternal and child health through enhanced knowledge, evidence based policy, improved institutional capacity and action on the ground to reduce exposure. It also aims at strengthening health services for vulnerable children and pregnant women, and will contribute to reduced incidence of 1) pneumonia amongst children under 5, and 2) of air pollution related pregnancy risks.

Ultimately, urban Mongolia has acceptable air quality and the health system will be able to monitor and provide adequate care to children and adults with air pollution related health conditions due to childhood exposure.

Grupos destinarios

Preschool children and pregnant and lactating women in Ulaanbaatar (population: 1.5 million), with project focus on the ger areas of Bayanzurkh and of Songinokhairkhan districts (the last a replication with funding from the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar).

Preschool children and pregnant and lactating women in Bayankhongor (population: 87,243) provincial centre with very high level of air pollution during winter.

Efectos a medio plazo
  1. Improved capacity to generate and disseminate data, research, analysis and information on air pollution and maternal and child health.
  2. Preschool children and pregnant women are at lower health risk from air pollution through piloting community level risk reduction measures.
  3. Maternal and child health risk reduction measures integrated in relevant national and local policies.
Resultados

Resultados previstos:  

  • Specific data and evidence on the impacts of air pollution on maternal and child health generated
  • Health sector capacity has been strengthened to systematically collect, coordinate, analyse and disseminate data and research on air pollution and maternal and child health
  • Government has improved capacity to provide information and guidance on the risks of air pollution
  • Kindergartens, maternity and paediatric wards in ger areas, e.g. Bayanzurkh and Songinokhairkhan districts, are able to better manage indoor air quality all year
  • Primary health care services for maternal and child health have been strengthened in the ger areas
  • Extended packages of primary health services and enhanced access to quality medication for children suffering from air pollution are provided
  • Health sector air pollution preparedness plans are developed and implemented
  • Support given and evidence generated for policy measures to reduce maternal and child health risks due to air pollution
  • The National Committee on Air and Environmental Pollution Reduction has increased capacity to address air pollution issues
  • Bayankhongor government has strengthened its policy and institutional capacity to reduce air pollution risks and impacts on maternal and child health


Resultados de las fases anteriores:   No previous phase implemented.


Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Institución académica y de investigación extranjera
Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)
  • Other Academic Research North
  • Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia


Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores
  • Public Investment in Energy Efficiency Project Phase 2 (GiZ/SDC/BMZ)
  • Capacity Development Project for Air Pollution Control in Ulaanbaatar City Phase 3 (JICA)
  • Ulaanbaatar Air Quality Improvement Program – Policy-based Loan (ADB)
  • Health Sector Development Programmes (ADB)
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF   4'912'500 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF   1'400'000
Fases del proyecto Fase 1 01.10.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Fase en curso)