Link between air pollution and still birth – Bangladesh should be careful


“There are more than 3,600 stillbirths every year in the UK, which means that 11 babies are stillborn every day. Worldwide, there are an estimated 2.6 million stillbirths each year.

To date, two reviews of the published evidence have suggested a possible link between stillbirths and air pollution. However, further evidence has since emerged, prompting a team led by the University of Oulu in Finland to conduct a systematic review of research published up to 2015.

They say that the 13 studies found an association between exposure to air pollution and a heightened risk of stillbirth. This association was strongest during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Specific findings show that a 4 ug/m3 increase in exposure to small particulate matter of less than 2.5 microns is associated with a 2% increased risk of stillbirth. Also that exposure to nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, fine particulate matter of 10 microns or less, and ozone are all linked to higher risk”.

Source: Medscape

Now, this is the picture of UK where environmental pollution is thought to be less. If I start thinking about only Dhaka city, let alone the whole of Bangladesh then, the picture will not be a chummy one. In Dhaka, the level of environmental pollution is quite massive and people are heavily exposed to various toxic pollutants every day. If this study about the link between still birth and air pollution proves its worth in future, then, I am sure, the pregnant women of Dhaka city will be at greater risk.

Environmental pollution is a disease which can’t be cured, but can be prevented. So far, I don’t think none of us have taken effective initiatives to prevent this disease. Along with the population-boom, environmental pollution is a major issue to create headaches for Bangladesh. But sadly, we always deny to notice the major issues.


Thank You

Faisal Caesar