Asbestos and asbestos-related diseases (ARDs) have been a global concern for decades. Despite this, rates of asbestos use are rising in developing countries where it meets immediate demands for housing, building materials, and employment. As a result, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Association (ILO) are attempting to help countries establish national programmes for elimination of asbestos-related diseases.
The literature presented in the full report delivered to the agency argues for greater public awareness as well as increased community involvement to help prevent future incidences of asbestos-related diseases. The agency has provided the executive summary of the report above.