Environmental pollution remains a salient global problem because of the impacts it has on climate change, economic activity and human health. Increases in the level of pollutants such as PM10, PM2.5, CO, NO2, SO2 and O3 have been correlated with increases in the number of people diagnosed with various respiratory, circulatory diseases and cancers as well as death from these diseases. Therefore, for policymakers to be able to address this issue, a plethora of epidemiological studies, using time-series and longitudinal data, have been conducted in different countries to study the linkage between health and environmental pollution. The results from these studies were and can be used as the basis upon which sound public policies are drafted. Kosovo has also experienced a rapid increase in the level of morbidity and mortality from diseases related to environmental pollution. However, there have been no rigorous studies, which illustrate the scope of this problem, i.e., the effect of environmental pollution on morbidity and mortality in Kosovo, due to serious problems with data availability and reliability. Thus, this study provides a comprehensive analysis on the data problems faced by researchers who want to conduct epidemiological studies in Kosovo.

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Venera Demukaj

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Ilir Hoxha


RIT Kosovo