Climate change and health
AbstractThe warming of the planet will be gradual but the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as intense storms, heat waves, droughts and floods could be abrupt - the consequences for health will be dramatic. Populations of Member countries in the South-East Asia (SEA)Region are disproportionately more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The Sixty-first World Health Assembly adopted a resolution requesting WHO and Member States to take urgent action on climate change. The SEA Region has developed a regional action plan to protect human health from the effects of climate change. The goal of the regional action plan is to build capacity and strengthen health systems. Mitigating the effects of climate change can have direct and immediate health benefits. Adaptation is needed: failure to respond will be costly in terms of disease, health-care expenditure and lost productivity. The views and recommendations of the ACM on this agenda item will be submitted to the Twenty-sixth Meeting of Ministers of Health for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Climate change and health. New Delhi : WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/126809