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Climate Change and its Impacts on Health

Host: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

12th Nov, Marrakesh:

Dr Nisha Mendiratta from Department of Science & Technology (DST), highlighted the national initiatives being taken up under National Action Plan on Climate Change under the National mission on Strategic knowledge on climate change (NMSKCC) being implemented by DST, a National Knowledge network on impact of climate change on human health has been developed in 2013 under which various activities on air pollution, heat stress and vector borne diseases have been studied. .

Dr RC Dhiman from National Institute of Malaria Research presented an overview of work undertaken on addressing the Vector borne diseases in India. He also shared the early warning tools developed for outbreaks and risk maps using climatic and ecological parameters

Dr R S Dhaliwal, from Indian Council of Medical Research, briefed about the ICMR initiatives by launching Global Environmental Change & Health, under which research activities on vector borne diseases and eye health were undertake. He highlighted the linkage between the Climate change and Non Communicable diseases predominantly Cardio vascular and respiratory diseases for mortality and morbidity respectively.

Dr Shikha Vardhan from National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC), informed that the government of India has identified ‘Health’ as one of the additional missions. The Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health (CEOH) has been established at NCDC, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. She presented the strategies in National Action Plan for Climate Change & Human Health (NAPCCHH). The NAPCCHH look forward to Strengthen/ develop and coordinate for early warning and surveillance systems. The emphasis was given to Identify ecological determinants of health and development of feedback mechanisms and development of risk maps for climate sensitive diseases. The Innovative strategies/ new technological approaches to bring equity/ improve access in health are being look forward to achieve health.

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