Thailand air pollution and health impact assessment (TAPHIA)

SDG 3 : Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all

The Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, together with other Thai academic partners in collaboration with the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Heriot-Watt University conducts TAPHIA project. The project collects a wide range of already available data on air pollution concentrations, population demographics, along with mortality and morbidity statistics. In addition, the new air quality data on indoor and outdoor pollution in urban and rural residences, and data on the time-activity patterns of a sample of the Thai population using a questionnaire are generated. Furthermore, the project reviews the published

scientific evidence for the associations between air pollutants and health to derive appropriate mathematical relationships that can be used to predict the impact of longterm exposure on the health of the Thai population. A model of pollution exposure to the Thai population based on the available data is then developed. The health impacts will be expressed as annual numbers of premature deaths and the total number of population years that are lost or lived with disease (as disability-adjusted life years or DALYS).