Disaster risk management for health: climate risk management

Disaster Risk Management for Health Fact Sheets:

This fact sheet about climate risk management in disaster risk reduction for health is divided into four sections: i) Key points ii) Why is this important? iii) What are the health risks? iv) Risk management considerations.

Climate risk management key points:
-Climate risk has a significant effect on public health in terms of malnutrition, diarrhoeal disease, trauma and air pollution.
-A combination of increasing vulnerability and risk of weather-related hazards are expected to result in more extreme events and disasters.
-Measures to reduce the health impacts from climate risks and associated climate change, include: strengthening public health systems based on partnerships with multisectoral actors; enhancing capacity of health systems to reduce risks and respond to public health emergencies; protecting hospitals and other health infrastructure from climate risks and effects of climate change; strengthening surveillance and control of in-fectious disease against climate risk; improving the use of early warning systems by the health sector; building public health interventions at local level to increase community resilience.

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