Upcoming Webinar to Address Impact of Climate Change on Health

by admin on January 6, 2012

The Security and Sustainability Forum will host a free, 90-minute webinar on Jan. 26, 2012 that will focus on how climate change impacts health. The webinar, called “Climate Change and Health — Risks, Preparedness and Transformation,” will address issues central to this summer’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Global Health Institute and founding president of the International Association of Ecology and Health, will serve as moderator.

Dr. Patz will lead a discussion of current approaches to resilient health systems by global leaders from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization (WHO), whose recent discussion paper, entitled “Gender, Climate Change and Health,” revealed that men are more likely than women to survive natural disasters – due in part to differences in biological make-up as well as differences in social roles and responsibilities.

In addition to Patz, Dr. Ann Lion, Abt Associate’s project director for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) flagship health systems strengthening project, Health Systems 20/20, will also participate in the discussion. Health Systems 20/20 is a 5-year cooperative agreement that offers USAID-supported countries help in gaining access to priority healthcare by working with them to improve their health financing, governance, capacity building and operations.

Other panel members include Sir Andy Haines, professor of Public Health & Primary Care and past director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Dr. Alistair Woodward, head of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, chair of the Public Health Research Committee of the New Zealand Health Research Council, and convening lead author for the health chapter of the UN International Panel on Climate Change; and Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, an environmental epidemiologist responsible for the WHO reports, “Climate Change and Human Health – Risks and Responses” and “Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Health Synthesis.”

For more information and to register for this webinar, click here. Author: Roberta Seldon

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