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Unmask My City is a global initiative by doctors, nurses, public health practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals dedicated to improving air quality and reducing emissions in our cities. It calls for all cities to meet the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines and to adopt policies and programmes that will put cities on a path towards meeting this objective.

The global initiative is coordinated by the Global Climate and Health Alliance together with HEAL in Europe (The Health and Environment Alliance), Health Care Without Harm, the US Climate and Health Alliance, and the UK Health Alliance for Climate Change. We are connecting with local health partners and their communities to promote practical solutions and create tangible city level policy changes that drive a clear, downward global trend in urban air pollution by 2030. This will save millions of lives, improve health outcomes for billions of people, and make a huge contribution to greenhouse gas reductions needed to keep the world safe from climate change crises.

Following the launch today, European city campaigns are being rolled out in Warsaw, Poland (13 May), in Adana, Istanbul and Hatay, Turkey (15 May); in Belgrade, Serbia (4 May) and in London by UK Health Alliance for Climate Change. Other launches include Salt Lake City, US; Chennai and Ahmedabad, India; Sao Paulo, Brazil.


More information from the Unmask my City campaign is on the website

IPCRG statement

"We need affordable clean fuel for people across the world, for their heating, lighting, cooking and transportation.  We are doing what we can to improve awareness, to develop affordable health treatments, to stand up for patients' rights when they are too worn down by the problems they face, particularly in times of austerity. However it would be more cost-effective and sustainable to change the source of the problem."  
Assistant Professor Ioanna Tsiligianni, FRESH AIR team Crete ( and President Elect, International Primary Care Respiratory Group 


Media release

To download the press release from HEAL, to which IPCRG is a signatory go here.

Social media

Please share.  Useful hashtags:

#UnmaskMyCity,  #WorldAsthmaDay, #EndCoal, #AirPollution and #CleanAir.

Fellow campaigners:


  • Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA): @GCHAlliance

  • Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL): @HealthandEnv

  • Health Care Without Harm Global: @HCWHGlobal

  • Healthy Energy Initiative: @healthyenergyi

  • UK Health Alliance on Climate Change: @UKHealthClimate

  • The US Climate & Health Alliance: @USCHAlliance

  • GCCA: @tcktcktck

  • Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME): @CPME_EUROPA

  • International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM): @AIM_Healthcare

  • European Respiratory Society (ERS): @ERSTalk

  • European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI): @EAACI_HQ

  • European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA): @EFA_Patients

  • European Lung Foundation (ELF): @EuropeanLung




Remember to share tweets us: International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG): @IPCRG

 Indoor air pollution      




Remember, of course, that indoor air pollution remains a huge threat to health in low and middle income countries too. Go to our FRESH AIR website to find out more about our work to address indoor air pollution through implementation of the best science here

To sign up to our FRESH AIR newsletter go here.



Other World Asthma Day initiatives supported by the IPCRG:

World Asthma Day 2017:  Jack Blows His Own Trumpet

World Asthma Day 2017 - Fun film encourages children to use inhalers