​Climate Change, Urban Development and Health​

The changes we have been experiencing globally due to climate change has had overwhelming negative effects due to its impact on social and environmental determinants of health (WHO, 2018.)​ We have seen alarming changes in air quality, access to food, water and shelter, temperature fluctuations, the transmission of infectious diseases and more. Our global climate and how we choose to take care of our planet has effects on all humans, but there are those who are continuously disproportionality affected. Children and the elderly are at greater risk due to factors such as long-term exposure and pre-existing medical conditions. In addition, developing nations that are also challenged with additional structural, political and economic challenges face greater hurdles when tackling the health consequences of climate change.

In addition, people living in particular geographies have to deal with unique climate change factors as well. Those living on small islands, coastal regions, megacities, mountainous or polar regions are vulnerable. This thematic area addresses the multitude of factors related to climate change that continues to impact health outcomes globally. 

White Paper

The report, attached​ below, is a white paper produced by the Institute. This living document provides background information on climate change and global health, AKU's previous work history, and the Institutes current strategy to work on these complex topics.

Climate Change White Paper.pdf

​Research Highlights

​Below are some publications involving AKU's faculty highlighting a range of expertise:


The Earthshot Prize​

The Aga Khan Development Network announced that it is partnering with His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, global philanthropic leaders and other organisations to launch The Earthshot Prize. The Prize will encourage new solutions to environmental challenges by awarding five one-million pound prizes each year to individuals and organizations that develop innovative approaches to fixing the climate, cleaning the air, protecting and restoring nature, reviving oceans, and building a waste-free world.  More information can be found here.​

Additional​ Resources

​IGHD's founding director, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, discusses the importance of climate change and the consequences it has on health. He discusses specific climate change disasters, highlights key populations and discusses strategies to tackle these problems.​​