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Environmental health

About one quarter of the total deaths in the Western Pacific Region are attributable to environmental risks which include but not limited to: unsafe water and inadequate sanitation, poor air quality (indoor and outdoor), exposure to toxic, hazardous waste and chemicals, and climate change.

WHO-WPRO is to provide support to Member States to strengthen national capacity to assess risk and to develop appropriate response plans to address these environmental and occupational hazards to health (including laws, regulations, policies, plans and actions, norms, standards and guidelines); and to increase capacity of Member States to strengthen collaboration between health and environment and other sectors both at the regional and country level.

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