Launch of sheets on environmental inequalities in health


February 16, 2022 (virtual) (11:00–12:30 CET)

Inequalities in exposure to environmental health risks exist in all countries of the WHO European Region and contribute to health inequalities. WHO is launching the first 7 in a series of fact sheets that will examine levels of environmental health inequality. The first fact sheets focus on housing conditions, including overcrowding, humidity, thermal comfort and access to basic amenities, such as clean water and sanitation.

Environmental risk factors account for at least 15% of mortality in the WHO European Region, equivalent to approximately 1.4 million deaths per year, which are largely preventable. Disadvantaged population subgroups may have significantly higher levels of exposure to environmental risk factors than advantaged subgroups, implying a potentially unequal health burden.

The Environmental Health Inequalities Fact Sheet Series is produced by the WHO Collaborating Center for Environmental Health Inequalities at the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research, University of Bremen, Germany, and follows the 2 European assessment reports on environmental health inequalities published by WHO/Europe in 2012 and 2019.

The launch event will bring together different actors and sectors involved and interested in environmental conditions, social protection, health equity and data and statistics on environmental and health inequalities. Speakers at the launch event will include Professor Sir Michael Marmot (University College London, UK) and Professor Gabriele Bolte (University of Bremen, Germany). The European Center for Environment and Health of the WHO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, as well as the Senate of Berlin (Germany), Sciensano (Belgian Institute of Health) and EuroHealthNet (a partnership with not-for-profit public health organizations).

Registration for the launch event

The launch event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Russian. The event is open for participation – please register here.

Registered attendees will be notified of the detailed agenda in the week prior to the launch event.


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