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Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events

Vegetation fires, particularly when they are uncontrolled, are a substancial source of air contamination in urban and rural areas. They affect health services and access to medical care, and increase environmental deterioration. Contamination from forest fires primarily affects women, who are exposed to high levels of contamination at home, and elevate the risk of acute respiratory infections in children, one of the main causes of infant death in developing countries.

 These guidelines (in Spanish) have the following objectives:

  • develop the necessary capacities for health, the environment, and sustainable development;
  • provide necessary evidence and orientation for the strengthening intersectoral coordination for the development of policies;
  • determine best practices for the field;
  • strengthen connections between health, environment and development;
  • support the development and implementation of plans of action;

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