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AMBIENT PARTICULATE MATTER BURDEN OF DISEASE IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

April 2021

Ambient particulate matter is the fifth health risk factor in Saudi Arabia, contributing 9% of total mortality.

 

Over the past 27 years, estimated exposure levels of PM2.5 in Saudi Arabia have been above WHO's air quality guidelines. Although since 2011 mortality and DALY rates attributable to PM2.5 have decreased, air pollution concentrations continue to increase.

 

National and local authorities in Saudi Arabia should consider policies to reduce industrial and traffic-related air pollution in combination with the strengthening of current investments and improvements in health care and prevention services.