Climate change and human health

Training course for public health professionals on protecting our health from climate change


Module 4: Climate sensitive diseases

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Session 9: Water stress, water- and foodborne diseases

Scope: Water quantity and quality; Burden of diarrheal disease; How climate and weather affects diarrheal diseases and food and waterborne pathogens; Season; Temperature; Precipitation (flooding and drought); Sea level rise.

Authors: Dr. Erin Lipp, University of Georgia, USA.

Duration: 1 hour

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2007 IPCC reports: The Physical Science Basis, page 53, Box TS5.


Session 10: Vector borne diseases and climate change

Scope: Vector borne and zoonotic diseases of concern; current burden of disease; exposure-response relationships; evidence that the risks have been changing with climate change; projections of future changes in risk.

Authors: Dr. Nicholas Ogden, Université de Montréal, Canada; Dr. Lea Berrang Ford, Dr. R Eckhardt, and Dr. Valerie Hongoh, McGill University, Canada.

Duration: 5 hours

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2007 IPCC reports: The Physical Science Basis, FAQ 3.1 page 103 and FAQ 3.2 page 10.


Session 11: Food security and malnutrition

Scope: Defines terms; Food insecurity and its causes; How climate change is likely to affect crop production and food security; How climate change and other forms of global change are likely to affect future crop production and food security; How climate change is already affecting food security; Burden of disease - undernutrition; Causes of food insecurity.

Authors: Dr. Colin Butler, Australian National University, Australia.

Duration: 1 hour

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2007 IPCC reports: The Physical Science Basis, FAQ 5.1, page 111.


Session 12: Global change, air quality and human health

Scope: Introduction to climate and air quality; Characteristics and health effects of major anthropogenic air pollutants; Exposure-response relationships; Global burden of disease due to air pollution; Has climate change affected air pollution?; Observed trends; Integrated modeling; Co-benefits.

Authors: Dr. Patrick Kinney, Columbia University, USA.

Duration: 1 hour

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2007 IPCC reports: The Physical Science Basis, FAQ 1.1 page 94; FAQ 1.2. page 96; FAQ 1.3 page 98; FAQ 2.1 page 100.


Session 13: What makes individuals and populations vulnerable to the effects of climate change?

Scope: Defines terms; Discusses the causes of vulnerability to disease and injury resulting from climate change; Describes current and past examples of vulnerability to effects of heat, famine and storms; Points to opportunities to reduce vulnerability and improve population health.

Authors: Dr. Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Duration: 1,5 hours

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