Global Alliance on Health and Pollution
Pollution causes more than 9 million premature deaths a year of which 92% occur in low and middleincome countries. Toxic pollution impedes economic and social development, costing countries around 2% of annual Gross Domestic Product. The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), assists these countries to address pollution-related issues by generating scientific evidence for raising awareness and tracking progress and by providing concrete technical and financial support.
Climate change and environment
Health systems strengthening
Water resources conservation
Water sector policy
- Other international or foreign NGO North
- Other OI
|Background||Pollution is the largest environmental cause of communicable and non-communicable diseases and premature death in the world today. It is responsible for more than 9 million premature deaths a year. The vast majority of its impact (92%) falls on low- and middle-income countries. The poor and the vulnerable are disproportionately affected and children are particularly at risk. Toxic pollution poses serious long-term health and environmental problems, and significantly impedes economic and social development. Cleaner technologies and better enforcement of environmental regulations are needed along with low-cost clean-up. Pollution costs countries around 2% of annual Gross Domestic Product and roughly 7% of health care costs1. In return, investing in pollution prevention or mitigation largely pays off; e.g. 1$ spent on air quality control yields roughly 30$ in benefits. GAHP with its convening power, efficiency and entrepreneurial spirit is effectively tackling these challenges.|
|Objectives||To reduce death, illnesses and environmental damage caused by toxic pollution in low and middle income countries|
Direct beneficiaries are low-and middle-income countries receiving political, technical and financial support from GAHP and its members to improve their pollution situation.
The ultimate beneficiaries of GAHP activities are individuals and communities in low- and middle-income countries benefiting from pollution prevention and reduced impact of pollution on their health.
Objective 1: Contribute to the development of a robust and collaborate global response to toxic pollution by building public, technical and financial support to address pollution globally, including through promoting scientific research, raising awareness and tracking progress.
Objective 2: GAHP is a wellfunctioning, independent entity with sustainable finances and a unique program positioning.
Objective 3: Assist low- and middle-income countries to prioritise and address human health and pollution related issues
Output 1.1 At least 25 meetings with donor agencies, UN, multilateral and other stakeholders and at least 3 presentations, interventions or events at international events/fora each year.
Output 1.2 Publication of an update to the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health with GAHP members and other expert input.
Output 2.1 GAHP functioning sustainably with a tiered membership donation structure in place.
Output 3.1 At least one Civil Society campaign per country actively advocating (on behalf of targeted beneficiary groups) for prioritisation of, and solutions to, pollution and health problems
Output 3.2 Health and Pollution Action Plan (HPAP) roadmaps validated and pollution reduction activities (including those identified through the HPAP process, or those identified through GAHP Programmatic Initiatives, such as the crop burning or lead pollution prevention initiatives) begin in three countries (Azerbaijan, Indonesia and Senegal).
Results from previous phases:
• The establishment of the Global Alliance for Health and pollution (GAHP) in 2012 was the first global response to reduce pollution’s harmful effects on public health in Low and Middle Income countries. GAHP has over 60 members, including multilateral and bilateral donors, UN agencies, civil society organisations and 28 low and middle income country government agencies. GAHP incorporated as a foundation in Switzerland in 2019.
• GAHP was the driving force for the inclusion of all types of pollution in the Sustainable Development Goal Health (SDG 3) in Target 3.9.
- GAHP was an important partner for the development of the The Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health in 2017 which significantly raised the profile of pollution on the international agenda with high quality evidence on the health and economic impacts of pollution. GAHP successfully designed and launched its Health and Pollution Action Plan process to assist LMIC governments to prioritise solutions to pollution-related health challenges.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
Other International Organization
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
Geneva-based chemicals and waste cluster (Basel, Rotterdam,
Stockholm and Minamata Conventions, Strategic Approach to
International Chemicals Management, United Nations Environment
Programme), World Health Organisation, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Impact Hub .
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 1’670’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 969’934|
|Project phases||Phase 99 01.06.2018 - 31.12.2028 (Current phase) Phase 1 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2023 (Current phase)|