This project will be carried out in stages through our implementing partners, World Health Organization (WHO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):
- Developing concentration-response functions (CRFs) to quantify health impacts from ambient air pollution.
- Identifying relevant morbidity indicators and assessing their availability and quality for other regions and populations.
- Developing a methodology for quantifying health care costs (e.g. hospitalization, medications), direct non-health care costs (e.g. social services, childcare), and indirect costs (e.g. productivity losses) for different world regions (with different level of economic development and data availability).
- Computing morbidity impacts and associated costs for selected regions, using background data already available in the GAINS model.
- Summarizing the methodology developed by the project, results of implementation in selected countries, and conclusions on the feasibility of the methodology’s application for global analyses.