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1 …Heal The World Make It A Better Place For You And For Me And The Entire Human Race There Are People Dying If You Care Enough For The Living Make A Better Place For You And For Me… Olga Rostkowska EMSA Europe How ill environment means ill people

2 4 elements of nature + 1 Fire Air Water Earth HEART European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe Captain Planet and the Planeteers is an American animated environmentalist television program broadcasted in the early 1990

3 Fire Air Water Earth HEART = HUMAN European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe 4 elements of nature + 1

4 Fire Air Water Earth HEART = HUMAN European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe 4 elements of nature + 1

5 European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe EARTH Sources: Coal ash, sewage, pesticides/herbicides Most dangerous elements: chromium, lead and other metals, petroleum, benzene, solvents, nitrate and ammonia from livestock Effects on health: (minor) headache, nausea, fatigue, eye irritation and skin rash (severe) cancerogenic metals (leukemia), congenital disorders, kidney and liver failure, neuromuscular blockage, drop-down in functioning of the brain, death POLLUTIO N

6 European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe WATER Burkholderia Cryptosporidium Giardia Salmonella Norovirus Sources: Pathogens, chemicals (organic & inorganic), thermal pollution Effects on health (especially for IMMUNOSUPPRESSED people) (short term exposure) vomiting or diarrhea, sick stomach, skin rashes, mucosa irritation (long term exposure) cancers e.g. leukemia, reproductive problems i.e. infertility and sub-fertility, developmental problems e.g. learning disabilities POLLUTIO N

7 AIR AIR POLLUTANTS HEALTH PROBLEMS Chr. Pulmonary Obstructive Disease (RESP. TRACT) Incr. risk of infarction (BRAIN) Lower O2 saturation (BLOOD) Increased clotting(BLOOD) Asthma (RESP. TRACT) Arythmia (HEART) Inflammation (RESP. TRACT) PARTICULATE MATTER OZONE NITROGEN DIOXIDE (NO 2 ) CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) LEAD ASBESTOS SULPHUR DIOXIDE (SO 2 ) European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe Atherosclerosis (HEART & VESSELS) CANCER VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS TOBACCO SMOKE

8 European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe FIRE (BURNING) POLLUTIO N Reduction in life expectancy Respiratory hospital admissions Congrestive heart failure Osteoporosis, ataxia, renal dysfunction Chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks Loss of IQ and nervous system damage

9 MORE INFORMATION European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe Environment & Health Chemicals Pesticides Climate & Energy Air Quality Mercury Other Issues…

10 Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

11 Interconnected European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe

12 Interconnected Interconnected (more than you may think) European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe

13 THANK YOU Olga Rostkowska European Medical Students’ Association / EMSA Rue Guimard 15 B-1040 Brussels BELGIUM European Medical Students' Association EMSA Europe


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