Training Workshop On Health Impact Assessment

As a continuation to the earlier study conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a health impact assessment study will be conducted in selected cities in South Asia. Objectives of the study is to a) determine whether there is an association between daily mean PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations and respiratory health and lung function in children in a city, b) quantify the relationship, and c) assess the scale and severity of impacts This assessment can address the need for information on the effects of air pollutants on health in South Asia at the high concentrations commonly found in large cities, and provide locally-gathered evidence to support actions by governments to control particulate emissions. 

To further address the capacity building needs in this area, a training workshop will be held on 23-25 March 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal, which will gather air quality experts who are involved in health impact studies from the participating countries of Malé Declaration including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.