Planning adaptive health systems: the climate challenge : The Lancet Global Health

<img src=”cid:part4.09060805.08020400, Johanna Hanefeld a In 2011, a group of delegates at the UN framework Convention on Climate Change’s 17th Conference of the Parties signed the Durban Declaration, stating “The World Health Organization predicts that unmitigated climate change will lead to significant increases in illness and death brought on by environmental changes.”1The Lancet called climate change the greatest global health threat of the 21st Century.2 The effects of climate change on health have begun to be well established,2, 3 but despite global and regional efforts4 to make connections between climate and health, planning and policy development continues to occur separately. Little attention has been paid to the health systems that must adapt to deliver services that can respond to changing disease patterns and health needs of people.

Climate change will have far-reaching effects on how we build, organise, and manage health systems as complex institutions.5 Yet, to date, these challenges have largely been ignored by the research community. Despite substantial work by WHO on the interface between climate and health,6 two major conferences on health systems, failed to consider climate-related issues. On the eve of WHO’s third Health Systems Global conference (Sept 29—Oct 3), we highlight some key implications of climate change for health systems to form the basis of an agenda for research and action.

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