There is an urgent need to address climate issues from a health perspective.
Our health and the planet’s health are clearly linked: Climate change has been named the biggest threat facing humanity by the World Health Organization. Yet too often the work of fighting the climate crisis and responding to environmental threats is siloed and separate from the work of delivering care and achieving global health aims.
In our series Planet Health, we will explore the benefits of a shared perspective, highlighting the solutions it offers, as well as offering in-depth reporting on the current impact of the climate crisis on human health around the world.
Environmental scientist and climate change advocate Melvine Otieno explains why she set up the first Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub to help shed light on the true cost of the climate crisis on the region’s health and health systems.
Climate change can have profound consequences on well-being, yet the connection is rarely acknowledged. Devex explores how a planetary health approach can help us understand and alleviate the psychological stress on populations impacted.
Securing a livable future is central to all the goals of the global health sector, says Sam Myers, director of the Planetary Health Alliance, so it’s vital to bring in an interdisciplinary lens to ensure the effects of the climate crisis on health do not get overlooked.
Planetary health is an emerging multidisciplinary lens that researchers and NGOs are using to assess global health threats from an environmental perspective. Here's what it means and how it could be useful as we prepare for the future.
Climate is increasing the rate of certain diseases and negatively impacting health. Continued innovation of vaccines to fight climate-sensitive diseases will undoubtedly be a critical tool in the public health response.
Why do the conservation and health sectors need to work together for the benefit of protecting human health? Neil Vora, a physician and pandemic prevention fellow at Conservation International, explains.
Maria Lettini, executive director of the FAIRR Initiative, a network aimed at encouraging reforms to intensive animal agriculture, explains why it’s more important than ever to recognize the connection between the environment, human health, and food security.
In the face of multiple crises, transforming global food systems is our best bet to tackling many health and environmental problems at once, taking us closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, says scholar and planetary health expert, Nicole de Paula.
Despite their crucial role, Indigenous people and local communities are often left out of discussions on climate action. Devex spoke to three Indigenous leaders about why community-led approaches are critical for achieving climate and health goals.
Mahardika Putra Purba is a conservationist for the nonprofit Health In Harmony, which provides people with pathways out of illegal logging. He tells Devex why it’s important to reiterate the link between human and environmental health.
How do we respond to the complexity of climate’s health impacts? Dr. Chalilwe Chungu, head of programming for Catholic Relief Services Zambia, calls for a radical approach that fully involves the communities most affected.
How can the global development sector respond to the ever increasing health risks posed by climate change? Experts in climate and health policy and development discuss in this virtual roundtable event for the Planet Health series.
System-based investment in preparing health systems for climate impacts is vital but often overlooked. In Ethiopia, Cordaid has worked with health authorities to adapt performance-based financing to integrate drought responses in health facilities.
Health systems require strengthening at every level in order to cope with climate change, but currently too little of the funds earmarked for adaptation are going toward health systems, says Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the group CEO of Amref Health Africa.
In the eighth episode of the COPcast, Devex Senior Reporter Sara Jerving sits down with Seed Global Health CEO Vanessa Kerry to discuss the health impacts of a changing climate, the need for a stronger health workforce, and the role health should play in the official agenda at these United Nations conferences.
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Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.
Cordaid is an internationally operating value-based emergency relief and development organisation, working in and on fragility. They stand with those who are hit hardest by poverty and conflict. They support them in their struggle to move beyond survival and to fully participate in equitable and resilient societies.
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