Informal consultation to prepare for a Ministerial Roundtable on building health systems resilience to climate change
An informal consultation to prepare for a Ministerial round table on building health system resilience to climate change was held in Male’ Maldives from 14-15 May 2017. The meeting was attended by climate change and health focal points from all members states of WHO South-East Asia region. The meeting was opened by H.E Minister of Health, Maldives. The meeting took stock of current health responses to climate change and identified areas that need further strengthening. The participants agreed on a draft set of actions and draft outline of Declaration that will be endorsed by Health Ministers when they attend the 70th Regional Committee meeting in Maldives in September 2017.
Climate change impacts health in very many ways. Its direct effect is in the form of death and injury from the various manifestations of heat stress, storm and surges, landslide and erosion, drowning from flood; vector, vehicle (water, air, vermin and insects) and food borne diseases; malnutrition due to falling agricultural yield (especially in the South-East Asian Region of WHO) and higher market price of cereals due to the fall in yield; mental health problems due to extreme and sudden weather events, migration, change in occupation and aggravation of poverty due to these events and higher cost of health care and medical care.