Effects of traffic-related outdoor air pollution on respiratory illness and mortality in children, taking into account indoor air pollution, in Indonesia

Saori Kashima, Takashi Yorifuji, Toshihide Tsuda, Juliani Ibrahim, Hiroyuki Doi

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Objective: To evaluate the effects of outdoor air pollution, taking into account indoor air pollution, in Indonesia. Methods: The subjects were 15,242 children from 2002 to 2003 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey. The odds ratios and their confidence intervals for adverse health effects were estimated. Results: Proximity increased the prevalence of acute respiratory infection both in urban and rural areas after adjusting for indoor air pollution. In urban areas, the prevalence of acute upper respiratory infection increased by 1.012 (95% confidence intervals: 1.005 to 1.019) per 2 km proximity to a major road. Adjusted odds ratios tended to be higher in the high indoor air pollution group. Conclusion: Exposure to traffic-related outdoor air pollution would increase adverse health effects after adjusting for indoor air pollution. Furthermore, indoor air pollution could exacerbate the effects of outdoor air pollution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-345
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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