Growing road traffic poses a huge threat to public health

threat to public health

Manila is amongst the major megacities in Southeast Asia with a population of 13 million. Meanwhile, it is considered to be one of the cities having the greatest amount of air pollution in the world; nearly fifty times higher than in Europe. There is a thousand times greater risk of developing lung cancer. Over the coming one and a half years, with the help of a new research project, a strategy will be developed on how to control this immense environmental problem.

Social, environmental, as well as, health scientists from the Philippines and Germany will be working together with the politicians, non-governmental organizations and affected citizens for finding the solutions. The aim of the project is not only to improve the current living conditions of the residents of Manila but also to contribute to the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations for Sustainable Development.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research will be funding the network in which the following institutes will be working on the German side; Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research and the Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Research with a total amount of almost 630,000 euros.

While there is implementation of strict laws in the North America and EU for ensuring the removal of cars with old diesel engines from the road traffic hence, bringing a reduction to the health-threatening potential of dust particles in the air pollution, the growing road traffic in flourishing emerging countries might become a leading cause of major health problems.

These emerging countries include the Philippines as well. Its capital, Metro Manila is amongst the highly densely populated cities in Southeast Asia. Because of the speedy increase in the number of motor vehicles, and increasing shipping traffic in the port of the city, currently, the residents are facing alarming air pollution which is a huge threat to their health.