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Monday, October 1, 2018

Blueair And CRY Team Up To Improve The Respiratory Health Of Delhi Anganwadi Children

. Will organize health check-up camps to identify the respiratory health of more than 3,500 children in Delhi

. Will install air purifiers to create clean air zones at the anganwadis and vocational centers of CRY

Swedish air purification expert Blueair and CRY (Child Rights & You), today launched an ambitious initiative to improve the respiratory health of children across Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world.

UNICEF estimates that 600,000 children under the age of five die prematurely from air pollution every year. Children are more susceptible than adults to both indoor and outdoor air pollution as their lungs, brains and immune systems are still developing and their respiratory tracts are more permeable. Together, outdoor and indoor air pollution are directly linked to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases that account for almost one in 10 under-five deaths, making air pollution one of the biggest threats to children's health.

To minimize the negative health effects of air pollution on the children living in Delhi, a city which often reports air quality levels well above WHO limits, Blueair will install air purifiers in 18 anganwadis and vocational training centres. In addition, Blueair with the support of CRY will arrange health check-ups for children and pregnant women living in Rohini and the industrial area of Badlipur, one of the most polluted neighbourhoods in Delhi. Basic medication for respiratory illnesses will also be provided as well as treatment for any critical illness.

Dr. Ajay Gambhir, MBBS MD, Delhi Medical Council, Ex Finance Sec, IMA (HQ) New Delhi, said, air that a child inhales during his initial years is very critical for adaptation and simulation of the immune system. Studies shows that children who are exposed to polluted air develop various respiratory diseases like allergies and Asthma. It also effects the IQ and brain development of a child. Hence, breathing clean air is very critical for child's health. Awareness about the same plays critical role amongst the parents and children to insure they take necessary steps to keep their surroundings clean and healthy. Poor spacing in schools and hospitals is an important factor causing air pollution in Indian conditions, which needs to be taken care.

Adding to it, Ms. Soha Moitra, Regional Director, North (CRY), said, "We are proud to partner with Blueair, a company with a firm commitment to improve the health and well-being of children everywhere. At CRY, we believe that every child has the right to a safe and happy childhood. Protecting children from air pollution is therefore not only in their best interest, it is also in the best interest of society."

'Clean air for children' is an initiative launched by Blueair in 2016. Since then, Blueair has donated air purifiers and face mask to schools, kindergartens, nurseries and children hospital in China, India, Korea, the UK and the US giving clean air to over 20,000 children.

NEW DELHI, September 28, 2018

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