Aditi Paul, CDKN’s country programme manager for India reflects on the link between climate change and the ongoing dengue virus outbreak in New Delhi
India’s capital city New Delhi is now in the grip of a deadly dengue epidemic. It has only been a couple of months since India has recovered from a searing heat wave that left many dead.
Extreme heat is a significant public health concern in India; extreme heat hazards are projected to increase in frequency and severity with climate change. Few of the factors driving population heat vulnerability are documented, though poverty is a presumed risk factor. To facilitate public health preparedness, an assessment of factors affecting vulnerability among slum dwellers was conducted in summer 2011 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
According to the International Organization for Migration, climate related migrations will increase because of climate change. This poses new challenges that range in focus from the individual or psychological, to restructuring social tissue, economic dynamics, legal and judicial frameworks, the actions of publication institutions, and, in general the adaptation of policies to face climate change and manage risk.
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CDKN has recently published a Policy Brief derived from the project “Growing up in Adversity”, led by CDKN and the University of El Norte. The document presents the methodology of psycho-social intervention that was implemented among 90 families in a shelter in Manatí, Atlántico Department in Colombia, who were victims of flooding produced by the “La Niña” phenomena (2010-1011) and who were displaced as a result.
Higher daily peak temperatures and longer, more intense heat waves are becoming increasingly frequent globally due to climate change, and a new scale of coordinated action is essential to prevent the dangerous health effects of heat stress.