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Supporting the World Health Organisation

Every day, millions of people around the world rely on our solutions to help them stay well or get better. Whether at work, at school, in public spaces or at home, keeping skin, health, lungs and human ecosystems healthy and free of illness-causing germs is important because it allows people to freely engage in our fast-paced worlds.

Evergen Systems is helping save lives and improve daily life through immediate effective solutions. Our people and partners inspires us to continuously innovate and find new ways to enhance the lives of those we touch. 

World Health Organisation

Air Pollution

Air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year. WHO data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. WHO is working with countries to monitor air pollution and improve air quality. 

From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate. The combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution cause about seven million premature deaths every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.

More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO guideline limits, with low- and middle-income countries suffering from the highest exposures, both indoors and outdoors.

Ambient Pollution

From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate.  Ambient air pollution accounts for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.
 
Around 91% of the world’s population live in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. While ambient air pollution affects developed and developing countries alike, low- and middle-income countries experience the highest burden, with the greatest toll in the WHO Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions. 
 
The major outdoor pollution sources include vehicles, power generation, building heating systems, agriculture/waste incineration and industry. Policies and investments supporting cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing, power generation, industry and better municipal waste management can effectively reduce key sources of ambient air pollution.
 
Air quality is closely linked to earth’s climate and ecosystems globally. Many of the drivers of air pollution (i.e. combustion of fossil fuels) are also sources of high CO2 emissions. Policies to reduce air pollution, therefore, offer a “win–win” strategy for both climate and health, lowering the burden of disease attributable to air pollution, as well as contributing to the near- and long-term mitigation of climate change.

Household Pollution

Household air pollution is one of the leading causes of disease and premature death in the developing world.

Exposure to smoke from cooking fires causes 3.8 million premature deaths each year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Burning fuels such as dung, wood and coal in inefficient stoves or open hearths produces a variety of health-damaging pollutants, including particulate matter (PM), methane, carbon monoxide, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Burning kerosene in simple wick lamps also produces significant emissions of fine particles and other pollutants.

Particulate matter is a pollutant of special concern. Many studies have demonstrated a direct relationship between exposure to PM and negative health impacts. Smaller-diameter particles (PM2.5 or smaller) are generally more dangerous and ultrafine particles (one micron in diameter or less) can penetrate tissues and organs, posing an even greater risk of systemic health impacts.
 
Exposure to indoor air pollutants can lead to a wide range of adverse health outcomes in both children and adults, from respiratory illnesses to cancer to eye problems. Members of households that rely on polluting fuels and devices also suffer a higher risk of burns, poisonings, musculoskeletal injuries and accidents.

4.6 million people

The World Health Organisation estimates that 4.6 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution. Many of these mortalities are attributable to indoor air pollution. Worldwide more deaths per year are linked to air pollution than to automobile accidents.

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For a Better Life - Our Purpose

Our purpose drives every decision our business makes, from the products we create to the ways that we work.
 
Air Hygiene and virus prevention using robust and leading-edge approaches to reducing the spread of disease-causing germs on hands and the surfaces they touch. Our powerful purpose inspires our commitment to finding and building solutions for a improved world for communities and nations.

EVERGEN SYSTEMS

Taking air pollution seriously

  • Air pollution is one of the world’s leading risk factors for death, attributed to 5 million deaths each year. 
  • Air pollution is attributed to 9% of deaths globally.
  • It is also one of the leading risk factors for disease burden.
  • Death rates from air pollution are highest in low-to-middle income countries, with more than 100-fold differences in rates across the world.
  • Globally, death rates from air pollution have been falling. This has mainly been the result of progress on tackling indoor pollution.