Climate change is an emerging threat to global public health. Direct impacts resulting include the effects of rising temperatures and more intense heat waves and floods. Warmer temperatures and a more variable climate can impact agricultural production and food availability, the availability of clean water and sanitation, and the transmission of vector and water-borne diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that climate change may already be causing over 150,000 deaths per year and these risks are expected to increase substantially in the future. Increasing awareness of the linkages between climate and health is fundamental to taking protective actions against climate related health risks.
Training course on Climate Change and Human Health will provide participants with the ability to recognize the linkages between climate change and health and provide them with methods and tools to manage the impact of climate change on health. Examples will be drawn, whenever possible, from both developed and developing countries and cases studies will serve as a basis for learning
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Development professionals from NGOs, government departments, donor organizations and agencies tasked with addressing the health challenges posed by climate change, and other organizations, which are beginning to address climate change and human health in their work and need to develop their skills further in this area.
By the end of this course the participants shall be able to:
Understand the physico-chemical basis of anthropogenic climate change and its dynamics
Raise awareness of the effects of climate change on health, in order to prompt action for public health measures
Gain a better understanding of the risks and effects of climate change on health
Be able to motivate and facilitate both behavioral change and societal support for actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Provide leadership in supporting rapid and comprehensive strategies for mitigation and adaptation that will both improve health and reduce vulnerability.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
Introduction to climate and health
Impact and risk assessment methods and tools
Extreme Weather and Health
Climate sensitive diseases
Public health responses to climate risks
MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO CLIMATE AND HEALTH
Introduction and overview of climate change
Physico-chemical basis of anthropogenic climate change and its dynamics
Weather, climate, climate variability and climate change
Overview of the health impacts of climate change
MODULE 2: IMPACT AND RISK ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TOOLS
Adaptation to climate change
Adaptation as climate risk management
Analyzing the health impacts of weather, climate and climate change
Modeling the health impacts of climate change
Estimating the burden of disease from climate change
Methods and tools for climate risk assessment
Developing an adaptation plans
MODULE 3: EXTREME WEATHER AND HEALTH
Temperature related impacts
Precipitation extremes: heavy rainfall, flooding and drought
Natural disaster and their trends
Guidance plans for preparedness and response to extreme weather events
Fiji (South pacific)
MODULE 4: CLIMATE SENSITIVE DISEASES
Explain the concept of climate-sensitive diseases
Describe health outcomes linked to climate effects
Identify mechanisms linking environmental conditions and health
Food security and malnutrition
Global change, air quality and human health
What makes individuals and populations vulnerable to the effects of climate change?
MODULE 5: PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSES TO CLIMATE RISKS
Policy responses to address the risks of climate change
Public health adaptation to the health risks of climate change
Early warning systems
Role of the health sector in international climate change negotiations
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.
All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by The National Industrial Training Authority.
The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.
All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.
ACCOMMODATION AND AIRPORT PICKUP
Accommodation and Airport pickup is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.
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