Prioritizing children: Environmental health indicators for China

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East Asia & Pacific

Children are especially vulnerable to environmental hazards due to their distinct biological and social characteristics. Globally, researchers tend to use children’s environmental health indicators (CEHIs) to link environmental factors and adverse children’s health outcomes.

This report identifies some of the most important CEHIs in China and hazardous environmental risk factors that could potentially undermine children’s health, including climate change, air pollution, industrial waste pollution, the built environment, environmental tobacco smoke and food safety, based on literature review and consultation with experts from universities and government agencies of environment sector and health sector. In this report, 22 highest-ranking indicators are selected as prioritized ones as they represent a China-specific set of trackable risks and outcomes and are referred to as core CEHIs.