Humanitarian, Global Health Organizations Discuss How Climate Change Impacting Sector Responses

Devex: New research asks: Is the humanitarian health sector prepared for climate change?
“The impact of climate change and a world 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer or above is already changing the face of humanitarian responses. By 2030, the price for climate-related humanitarian disasters could be $20 billion annually, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has predicted. But how prepared are humanitarian organizations for the climate-related disease burdens that are emerging as a result of climate change, and likely to get worse? The Centre for Humanitarian Leadership is asking that question, with the aim of ensuring the sector has the right knowledge and leadership to respond to increasingly urgent needs…” (Cornish, 10/21).

Reuters: Climate change hampers progress on fighting epidemics: Global Fund
“Climate change is making it harder to eradicate deadly epidemics, with rising temperatures helping mosquitoes spread malaria in higher places in Africa, the head of a global health fund said on Tuesday. Other potential deadly consequences of climate change include more intense cyclones which leave an increased risk of infections in their wake, said Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…” (Farge, 10/22).

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