Meanwhile, Unicef Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore has warned that air
pollution toxicity can affect children's brain development and called for urgent
action to deal with the crisis gripping India and South Asia. She said that, I
saw first-hand how children continue to suffer from the dire consequences of air
pollution, Fore, who recently visited India, asserted on Nov 6.
Further, The air quality was at a crisis level. You could smell the toxic fog
even from behind an air filtration mask, she assumed. Henrietta H. Fore stated
that, Air pollution affects children most severely and its effects continue all
their lives because they have smaller lungs, breathe twice as fast as adults and
She also stated that it damages brain tissue and undermines cognitive
development in babies and young children, leading to lifelong consequences that
can affect their learning outcomes and future potential. There is evidence to
suggest that adolescents exposed to higher levels of air pollution are more
likely to experience mental health problems.
Unicef is calling for urgent action to address this air quality crisis,
affecting 620 million children in South Asia. Schools were closed in Delhi till
Tuesday because of the severe environmental situation caused by post-harvest
burning of stubble in neighbouring states. The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Nov 3
touched 625, considered severe plus level, the Unicef's recent report remarked.
Despite the same, Henrietta Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director on 1
January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education,
health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private
sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades..
Although, Air pollution is a mixture of natural and man-made substances in the
air we breathe. It is typically separated into two categories: outdoor air
pollution and indoor air pollution.
Written By: Trilok Singh Founder and CEO at Youth Darpan, IASmind.com, &
India’s Journal. MA in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, University of
Delhi. Currently Studies Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism at
International School of Media and Entertainment Studies (ISOMES).