The first World Health Organization (WHO) Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, which took place in Geneva in October, saw commitments made from medical societies and patient organisations to act on air quality.
The landmark conference led to a call for the health sector to implement effective policies to inform the public about the risks of poor-quality air. A pledge was signed by 28 organisations who made a commitment to take active steps to reduce the harm caused by air pollution through awareness and education measures. The measures focus on the inclusion of air quality evidence in clinical guidelines, education and research and steps that can be taken to improve awareness and knowledge among patient populations. To sign up to this pledge as a medical society or patient information, please contact email@example.com
As established at the start of the FRESH AIR project, a challenge with this call to action is how to make these results relevant across all settings in Europe – both high- and low-resource settings. Results from FRESHAIR can provide key insights into how best to tackle this challenge.
As an outcome of the conference, the IPCRG also made a commitment to the WHO publicise in the lay, policy and academic open-access press the findings of FRESH AIR. This will include sharing lessons about the barriers and enablers from the implementation of our FRESH AIR programme working in a number of low resource settings.