2d. Health, WASH and climate
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to public health in the 21st century.
It requires urgent action at scale, globally.
Currently climate change already causes an estimated 150,000 deaths annually. A highly conservative projection of WHO estimates that approximately 250,000 additional deaths will occur each year due to climate change between 2030 and 2050. Children in developing countries will be the most affected.
This module supports staff and volunteers to address the adverse impacts of climate change on human health. There are dedicated thematic guides, such as the City heatwave guide, that can support scaling of actons to reduce health risks of heatwaves. But there are also interactive exercises for groups to grow the understanding and allow for contextualized discussions on relevant local actions to reduce health risks aggravated by climate change.
Health, livelihoods, disasters are all inextricably linked, so there are many overlaps with other modules, especially with 2a Early warning early action and 2c Community resilience and climate.