Health sector in Bangladesh preparing for climate change

Government of Bangladesh has started on the 15th February 2018 the process to formulate a National Adaptation Plan for Health sector (H-NAP) against the impact of climate change. The first step was a national workshop hosted by Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control Research (IEDCR) and facilitated by international experts from World Health Organization (WHO).

The event aimed to gather relevant actors from health sector to assess the preparedness of the health system to risks of climate change. Following the event, WHO’s experts, together with IEDCR technical experts and government stakeholders, based on the collected information will develop the H-NAP.

Health-care facilities and health services are vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events. These effects come in several ways, such as damage to the health infrastructure, blocked access to facilities and disrupted energy, water and other services, which are essential for running health-care facilities.

The H-NAP document will guide the health sector for taking appropriate adaptation measure.

The health national adaptation process will be the health component of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) that the country is in the process of development.

WHO has been working on climate change and health for over 20 years, building on its long experience in supporting countries to build resilience of their health systems, to facilitate modifications of current systems to reduce the health risks posed by climate variability and change.