The United Nations Development Programme posted a short article on their blog this month, “Partnering for the health of people and planet,” focused especially on climate change and its effects on health. A position statement, the piece notes some successful models that link climate data and epidemiological surveillance and advocates a “health in all policies” approach:
UNDP and WHO, with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have supported establishment of early warning systems for climate-related health outcomes, developing software for forecasting risk, and collecting data to inform preparedness and longer-term health planning – linking climate data with epidemiological surveillance. This was complemented with community-level investments, tailored to particular development challenges and vulnerabilities, such as heat early warning systems and relevant campaigns in China and Uzbekistan, malaria and dengue control interventions in Barbados and Kenya, safe wastewater practices in Jordan, and epidemic control protocols to follow extreme events in Bhutan and Fiji. Building on these successes, UNDP and WHO are developing similar programmes to support least developed countries (LDCs) in the Asia and Pacific regions.