MOHFW gave its National Action Plan and building capacity of the States to deal specific climate sensitive illnesses and formulate resilient health services and infrastructure
Topic: Health Sector & Sustainable Lifestyle
Host: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India
- Side Event on Health was hosted by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India on 10 November 2017 at COP 23 Bonn. Dr Chhavi Pant Joshi Deputy Assistant Director General, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India welcomed the dignitaries. Giving estimates of international agencies, which indicate that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress which will add burden to the existing resources for health. Health event at India Pavilion showcased adaptation strategies of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW) including research and knowledge oriented initiatives of various ministries/departments on Climate change and Human Health through a series of presentations by speakers from NCDC, NVBDCP, DST, TERI and CEEW. It show cased progress on strategies being adopted in health systems adaptation for combating climate change in India under the National Action Plan on Climate Change & Human Health.
- Dr Shikha Vardhan, Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental & Occupational Health (CEOH) of National Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, spoke about the strategies of the National Action Plan for Climate Change and Human Health (NAPCCHH). She presented the activities undertaken by NCDC to help the states draft their State/ region specific Action Plan for Climate Change and Human Health (SAPCCHH). She emphasised on key actions like vulnerability assessment and risk mapping etc that have to be undertaken immediately or in near future to have a climate resilient health infrastructure with the available resources in the country. The stress was given on prioritisation of the climate sensitive diseases and also the districts which are worst affected based on existing morbidity and mortality statistics. The role of inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination involving stakeholders from other ministries/ department/ institutes and voluntary/ civil societies for each identified climate sensitive illnesses were prsented as referred in the national action plan (NAPCCHH).
- Dr. Nisha Mendiratta Advisor/Scientist G, Department of Science and Technology presented the Knowledge network programme to study the impact of climate change on human health has been developed in 2013-16 under which various activities on air pollution, heat stress and vector borne diseases have been studied. She also informed that second phase of network is going has been launched with additional thematic areas like nutrition, water borne diseases etc. The programme has been successfully implemented with the involvement of around partnering 12 institutions dealing with climate and medical research from different parts of the country. A document entitled “Climate Change and Human Health” showcasing the salient outcomes generated through the research work carried out under this network has been published which has been utilised by MoHFW as base material while formulating the new mission on Climate Change & Human Health.
- Dr. Neerj Dhingra, Additional Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, MOH &FW presented climatic factors which influence the spread and transmission of vector borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikunguniya. He described the epidemiological situation of diseases and how will they be influenced with the climatic changes in the coming years. He also detailed out the measures being taken to prevent the increase of the vector borne diseases and India’s preparedness of India to deal with climatic factors and vector borne disease including the projected climatic changes and vector borne diseases.
- Dr Ganesh Gorti Research Associate, Centre For Global Environment Research, Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India spoke about collaborative studies with and Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Netherlands, as part of the Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) research programme of the Collaborative Adaptation Research in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) to understand the extent to which heat conditions are experienced in the neighbourhoods of Delhi.
- Dr Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water presented a study Powering Healthcare with Solar showing that solar systems can augment the healcare delivery systems through primary health care by providing electric supply in rural India.