8 April 2008

World Health Day: The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Hurricanes destroy banana plantations in Honduras Severe droughts in Mali Flooding in Uganda
Hurricanes destroy banana plantations in Honduras,
Severe droughts in Mali;
Flooding in Uganda
The theme of this year's World Health Day is protecting health from climate change. As you're all aware climate change represents a major challenge to public health in general and health impact assessment in particular, both in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

Coinciding with the 2008 World Health Day, China has announced that it is starting a program looking at the health impacts of climate change in conjunction with the World Health Organization and funded by the Spanish government.


World Health Day 2008 PSA


WHO Director-General Margaret Chan's World Health Day Message


Image Credits: Details at www.who.int/world-health-day/media/photo_gallery/en/index.html