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Emerging threat to public health caused by climate change and developing approaches to support vulnerable populations
WHO guidance to protect health from climate change through health adaptation planning
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To aid the process of integrating climate-related health issues into the UNFCCC’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) framework, the World Health Organisation has created this guide aimed at decision makers involved in the planning of adaptation actions for health and climate. The guide is designed to ensure that the iterative management of the health risks associated with climate change is integrated into the assessment, identification, prioritisation, and implementation of adaptation options, as well as the monitoring and evaluation, included in the NAP process.

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Temperature variability and occurrence of diarrhoea in children under five-years-old in Cape Town Metropolitan sub-districts
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2016
Diarrhoea is among the main causes of morbidity and mortality in children within the developing world. According to the (2007) Intergovernmen al Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, there is an expected increase in the global annual...
Health in climate change research from 1990 to 2014: positive trend, but still underperforming
Global Health Action 2016
Climate change has been recognized as both one of the biggest threats and the biggest opportunities for global health in the 21st century. This trend review seeks to assess and characterize the amount and type of scientific literature...
Insecticide resistance in malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in Zimbabwe: a review
Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2015
Malaria is a global public health problem, with about 3.2 billion people at risk of infection. The populations at risk mainly reside in Africa, Asia and America, with African populations accounting for the largest burden of the diseas...
Climate change, vulnerability, food security and human health in rural Pakistan: a gender perspective
M. Iqbal; M. Ahmad; G. Mustafa / Munich Personal RePEc Archive 2015
Pakistan is among the most vulnerable countries in the South Asian region given still overwhelming dependence of its population on agriculture which in turn mainly depends on the Indus Basin River System. The intensity and frequency o...
Malaria impact of large dams in sub-Saharan Africa: maps, estimates and predictions
Malaria Journal, BioMed Central 2015
While there is growing recognition of the malaria impacts of large dams in sub-Saharan Africa, the cumulative malaria impact of reservoirs associated with current and future dam developments has not been quantified. The objective of t...
Effects of climate change on the social & environmental determinants of health in Africa: what can communities do to strengthen their climate resilience
Regional Office for Africa, World Health Organisation 2015
The highest burden per capita of climate-sensitive diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition is found in the African region. These diseases already represent the main cause of death among children under...
Time trend of malaria in relation to climate variability in Papua New Guinea
Environmental Health and Toxicology 2016
This study was conducted to describe the regional malaria incidence in relation to the geographic and climatic conditions and describe the effect of altitude on the expansion of malaria over the last decade in Papua New Guinea...
Economic assessment of the impacts of climate change in Uganda. Briefing note: malaria prevalence in the districts of Tororo and Kabale
Climate and Development Knowledge Network 2015
An Economic Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change has been completed at the national level in Uganda. As part of this nation-wide study, this case study seeks to assess the impacts of climate change and their costs in the health...
Lessons learned from fifteen years of responding to malaria globally: a prototype for sustainable development
Roll Back Malaria, World Health Organization (WHO) 2016
The world has reached a critical juncture in the fight against malaria. There is both an opportunity and an urgent need to accelerate progress towards global development goals by reducing malaria cases and related deaths in al...
Climate change and malaria
Roll Back Malaria, World Health Organization (WHO) 2015
Weather and climate are major determinants of the geographical distribution, seasonality, year-to-year variability and longer term trends of malaria. Periods of long-term drought can reduce transmission. Periods of unusually h...
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