Climate change and human health

The 5th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change

24-31 March 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Stakeholders and practitioners engaged in Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to climate change will come together in Dhaka, Bangladesh to share and discuss knowledge on how to scale up interventions for the improved protection of vulnerable populations in developing countries. The week long conference aims to highlight evidence of change observed at local to global levels, opportunities for partnerships in adaptation, examples and good practices of CBA in different sectors, and challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming adaptation.

WHO will chair a session dedicated to health adaptation, and facilitate a dialogue among health and climate adaptation partners on how to best protect public health from climate impacts. Public Health practitioners from five countries implementing health adaptation projects, will share experiences, approaches and future plans particularly addressing how communities and the formal health sector can work together to protect vulnerable people from the health risks of climate change

Presentations for the session include:

  • Bhutan: Protecting health from climate change in Himalayan communities - Ms Rada Drukpa - Ministry of Health, Royal Kingdom of Bhutan
  • Samoa: Health adaptation in Samoa - Laulu Tamati Fau of (National Health Service, Samoa) A. Rasmussen and K.Ebi
  • Vietnam: Managing increasing uncertainty: an operational research project on community-based dengue fever prevention in Vietnam - Thuan Thi Nguyen, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies
  • Jordan:Water scarcity and health protection from climate change in Jordan - Usamah Kettaneh, Ministry of Health
  • Bangladesh: Community risk reduction of climate change impacts on health in Bangladesh - Dr Iqbal Kabir, Climate Change and Health Promotion Unit, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh

Lessons learnt and outcomes from the conference will be shared through proceedings and an immediate conference summary available from the conference website.

For further information contact Joy Guillemot, World Health Organization, Geneva