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Health benefits of improving air quality in Central America and the Dominican Republic

Financed by: Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Partners: Pan American Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, Secretaría Ejecutiva del Consejo de Ministros de Salud y Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo del Sistema para la Integración Centroamericana

Location: Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Year: in process.

Project description

As part of the project "Progress in Achieving Air Quality, Climate, and Health Goals in the Central American Region," a health benefits assessment of air quality improvement in the SICA region was conducted. To this end, the benefits in terms of preventable deaths were estimated for the SICA member states: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. This estimate includes the following elements: a brief diagnosis of air quality and its health impact in the region, the objective of the health benefits estimate, the methodology applied, results, and discussion.


The results were estimated for the following scenarios: compliance with the WHO's Ambient Air Quality Guidelines for PM2.5 and compliance with intermediate targets 4 and 3 of these guidelines. These results contributed to supporting the proposals for the creation of ambitious ambient air quality standards for the region.


Learn the preliminary results of the health benefit estimate

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