Our new programme to tackle the health impacts of poor air quality
Breathing space: insights into air pollution in inner cities and its impact on people's health
We are running a ten-year programme to explore how people’s health is affected by poor air quality, and test solutions from our home in the heart of London.
Like most complex health issues, poor air quality and its damaging effects impact some groups more than others and we know the air is particularly polluted in inner-city areas. The entire footprint of our boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark exceeds the World Health Organisation guidelines for air pollution.
Poor air quality often makes the headlines, but less is known about what genuinely works to reduce its impact on people’s health. While we have access to a lot of data on air pollution, there is less evidence on which interventions work to reduce the health effects of air pollution, particularly at a local level.
To help develop our new ten-year programme, we’ve looked at the evidence, analysed local data and explored how people experience the issue in our inner-city area. We want to identify interventions that will minimise negative health impacts, particularly on groups most vulnerable to poor air quality.
We partner with other organisations to deliver projects, do research and share what we learn to influence change at local, borough, city, national and international levels.
Our programme focuses on mitigating the disproportionate effect that exposure to poor air quality has on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups. We have identified these groups as children under 15, older people and people with heart and lung conditions. We’re primarily interested in working with others to minimise the health effects of air pollution on these groups.
Dr Frank J Kelly, Professor of Environmental Health at King’s College London, calls for more evidence on air pollution solutions.Read the blog
Programme Director for the health effects of air pollution, Kate Langford, discusses the approach of our new programme.Read the blog
Air pollution has multiple causes and people can be exposed to it in many ways. To effectively tackle the problem, we need a combination of solutions operating at the same time.
Over the ten years of our programme, we will work on many projects simultaneously and with different partners – from local residents and community groups to urban planners, businesses, the NHS and global campaigning groups.
Our recent and current partnerships include collaborations with:
We’re in the early days of our programme and are interested in working with many local, national and international bodies to find solutions. If you’d have an idea to tackle air pollution in our inner-city boroughs, get in touch today.
Kate leads our new ten-year programme to address the health effects of air pollution in inner-city areas.See Kate’s full profile
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