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Adaptation to climate change in the health sector

Water scarcity in Mali

Climate change endangers the livelihoods of billions of people and poses a serious threat to global health. Changes in the climate affect human health directly, e.g. in the case of extreme weather events. However, climate change also causes a wide range of indirect health hazards. These include food and water shortages and shifts in the geographic distribution of pathogens and carriers of disease (e.g. malaria and dengue). To be able to react to the adverse effects of climate change health systems and communities need to become more climate resilient.

The global programme ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in the Health Sector’ is implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ. It develops innovative climate change adaptation measures for the health sector and promotes national and international discourse on health-related issues of climate change.

The programme cooperates with a variety of partners. Activities comprise:

  • Collaborating with the World Health Organization to build capacity for climate resilient health systems.
  • Establishing networks by bringing together actors from the political and administrative spheres, civil society and the research community.
  • Implementing pilot projects in Cambodia, Burundi, Malawi and the Philippines together with partners at national and local level.
  • Integrating measures to protect health from adverse effects of climate change into ongoing bilateral German development cooperation projects and other sectors (e.g. urban development).

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