To effectively mitigate emissions and reduce the health burden from air pollution exposure requires understanding the factors that impact exposure. A programme focused on understanding these factors, “Air pollution and the world of work in southeast Asia”, ran from 2021 to 2023, with research partners at the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment in Cambodia, University of Health Sciences in Lao PDR, the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, and the Institute of Human Studies in Vietnam.
The programme assessed the magnitude and key sources of air pollution in different locations and furthered understanding of how different groups of a population are exposed. Understanding an individual’s experience of air pollution and the different ways they are exposed could allow for development of targeted and effective policies with massive benefits for people’s health, and the findings from this programme have led to the recommendations reported in this brief, as well as in individual briefs on each case study and in a larger report.
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