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Climate and health in Africa: research and policy needs

Young, H., Cornforth, R. ORCID: and Petty, C., (2019) Climate and health in Africa: research and policy needs. Walker Institute Briefing Notes (WIBN). BN1117/01. Technical Report. Walker Institute, Reading, UK. pp11.

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Climate variability and change can have both direct and indirect influences on human health. In Africa, risks of malnutrition, malaria and diarrhoeal disease are likely to increase as temperatures increase and rainfall becomes more variable (USAID, 2017). Other climate risks include the direct impacts of extreme weather events, UV-related cancers and diseases, heat stress, respiratory disorders related to air quality and access to clean water, with increased transmission of water, vector and food-borne diseases all expected to increase in the future (ACPC, 2011; African Development Bank 2012). This Briefing Note highlights the key health areas on which climate has an impact in Africa, in order to help shape the research and policy agenda.

Item Type:Report (Technical Report)
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Walker Institute
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:75529
Uncontrolled Keywords:Climate resilient health systems; World health organization; world meteorological organization; climate information; climate services; Malawi; Africa; adaptation.
Publisher:Walker Institute


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