Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Health

Health

The interaction between health and climate change has only begun to be explored and currently concentrates primarily on food security, hunger and malnutrition. The WHO [http://www.who.int/topics/climate/en/] have overviews in English and French on the various challenges climate change poses to human health.  Health linkages have also been investigated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [www.ipcc.ch] in Chapter 8 of their fourth assessment report. These reports underscore that the major global challenges to human health caused by climate change include: air pollution; an increase in infectious diseases; food security and malnutrition.

Specific diseases have been explored in relation to a changing climate, mainly cholera, malaria and meningitis in Africa through academic journals such as the BMC Infectious diseases journal , the Malaria Journal, and International Journal of Health Geographics. For information on accessing online journals for free if you are based in Africa see GDNet . The IRD- Institut de  Recherche en Developpement [www.ird.fr] has published a French article in Actualite Scientifique on climate change and the emergence of cholera in Africa . Overall however, the linkages between health and climate change remain an important but underexplored area of study.