Geneva consultation on Essential Public Health Package to Enhance Climate Resilience in Least Developed Countries
A Consultation on "Essential public health package to enhance climate change resilience in developing countries" was held in Geneva, from 7-8 September. The meeting aimed to define the core public health functions that should protect populations from impacts of climate change, and included representatives from vulnerable countries, the UN climate change convention, and relevant WHO departments. The consultation resulted in broad agreement on the approach of vulnerability and adaptation assessment, and enhancing resilience through strengthening specific existing functions, such as linking environment and health surveillance, and key interventions such as vector control and disaster risk reduction. The final package will be used to support national planning, and access to adaptation finance.