Human Health Cost of Air Pollution in Kazakhstan

Ussen Kenessariyev, Alexander Golub, Michael Brody, Askhat Dosmukhametov, Meiram Amrin, Aya Erzhanova, Dinara Kenessary
2013 Journal of Environmental Protection  
Kazakhstan, like other former Soviet Republics, inherited a number of serious environmental problems. Air pollution is one of these serious problems, leading to significant environmental health effects on the population of Kazakhstan. This study provides a baseline analysis of health damages from air pollution, based on readily available information. Mean estimates of mortality risk attributable to air pollution are about 16,000 cases per year with a 95% confidence level of the risk not
more » ... he risk not exceeding 25,500. Even taking into account all the uncertainties related to the collection and processing of primary data, as well as the application of risk analysis methodology, we conclude that air pollution in Kazakhstan constitutes a significant contribution to the environmental burden of diseases. In relative terms, the impact of air pollution on premature mortality in Kazakhstan is notably higher than in Russia and the Ukraine. on human health and to examine the level of uncertainty for the major conclusions. Finally, this study should draw attention to the problem of air pollution in Central Asia and provide some guidance for future research.
doi:10.4236/jep.2013.48101 fatcat:hdomqebfengazfm5vplx3ylqma