What it's about:
Climate change over the years has changed the nature of infectious diseases both spatially and temporally. Diseases are spreading in new and unpredictable ways and at surprising rates, leaving scientists and policy-makers grappling to understand their etiology and ramifications.
Mashida Rashid, a public health specialist working on health systems, non communicable diseases, and planetary health at the UNDP, blogs on how we need to prepare, arguing integrated, coordinated, multi-sectoral systems responses are what can prevent an outbreak from reaching epidemic proportions.
Why it's noteworthy:
Climate change has far-reaching implications for human health and well-being, from the impacts of changing temperatures and rainfall patterns on crop yield and water security, to the increased risk of water-borne diseases and vector-borne diseases.
The World Health Organization estimates that climate change will cause an additional 250,000 deaths each year between 2030 and 2050. Are we alert and ready?
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