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:
Department of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief
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