PHASA supports the recommendations of the 2015 Climate Change and Health Policy Assessment Project Report: A Global Survey.
The conference will be held from 21 – 22 November 2013 in Nha Trang (Vietnam). The theme for the conference is “Climate change and Population Health”.
The Lancet has declared that the changing climate and its impact on health is the most serious health threat of the 21st century. By placing health on the climate change agenda, we, as public health professionals, have the opportunity of focusing the climate challenge on human impacts as compared to the other broader environmental impacts that have dominated the agenda to date. According to the best available science, the impact of climate on the global population is likely to develop to catastrophic proportions over the next 4-5 decades. Addressing risks that our children and their children will face can no longer be left to the politicians or international agencies. If we are to address global population health, it must become the task of health professionals to provide the lead.
Climate change threatens human health, therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions may help our medical well-being, too. Taking public health into account can help in different ways to mitigate climate change.
Over 200 leaders from more than 30 countries have issued a Declaration and Call to Action following a Global Climate and Health Summit.
The First Global Climate and Health Summit takes place on 4 December 2011 in the Tropicana hotel in Durban.
In light of the growing global emphasis on management of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases, including asthma, public health professionals in South Africa should undertake action.
From 15 –17 August 2011 an International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems will be held in Johannesburg.
At the 5th Conference of African Union Ministers of Health it was highlighted that placing health impacts central in the climate debate is essential.
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