Climate Change, Environment, and Health
The changes we have been experiencing globally due to climate change have 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.
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
IGHD has undertaken crucial research initiatives in the area of climate change, Environment, and Global Health that are contributing immensely to improve well-being and quality of life of the people in Pakistan. Find these highlighted below: