Topic > Environment and Health
Air Pollution - An Invisible Killer
Air pollution causes almost 4 million deaths annually. This burden is larger than the one of the deadliest infectious disease. Swiss TPH belongs to the leading research institutions in the field of air pollution and health. Experts monitor air quality and employ spatial and temporal modelling methods to estimate exposure to pollutants and its impact on public health. Their broad range of activities contributes to 1) establishing the evidence of adverse effects of pollution through innovative research, 2) assess the related public health risks and impact and 3) communicate and discuss the findings with policy makers and public agencies to foster policies in favour of public health and wellbeing.
Teaching and training in air pollution exposure, epidemiology, risk assessment and policy making at University Basel, the Swiss School of Public Health, Geneva University, ETH, and a range of international institutions is part of the Swiss TPH contribution to capacity building.