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Disaster risk management for health: Climate risk management

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Climate risks has a significant effect on public health in terms of malnutrition, diarrhoeal disease, trauma and air pollution.

A combination of increasing vulnerability and risk of weather-related hazards are expected to result in more extreme events and disasters.

Measures to reduce the health impacts from climate risks and associated climate change, include:

  • strengthening public health systems based on partnerships with multisectoral actors

  • enhancing capacity of health systems to reduce risks and respond to public health emergencies

  • protecting hospitals and other health infrastructure from climate risks and effects of climate change

  • strengthening surveillance and control of infectious disease against climate risk

  • improving the use of early warning systems by the health sector

  • building public health interventions at local level to increase community resilience