Climate change and diarrhoeal disease: Perspectives for development policies

Kirsten Halsnæs, Tullik Helene Ystanes Føyn

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    This paper points to the key role of health in development
    programmes and illustrates through diarrhoeal diseases as a
    case example, how climate change can impose increasing
    risks, which particularly will hit young children and the
    poor. The increased incidence can both be expected to
    emerge from higher temperatures and from more extreme
    events in particularly flooding. The number of people
    affected is by WHO projected to be approximately 700,000
    dead and 22 mill disability adjusted life years in 2030
    without climate change, so it is very important to initiate
    climate change adaptation measures that can help to reduce
    these risks. An attempt to start such a process i.e. has been
    done by the Danish Overseas Development Assistance
    Programme, Danida, which has conducted a climate
    screening of programme activities in Bangladesh. The
    paper presents a number of conclusions from this climate
    screening related to climate proofing of Danida activities in
    the water supply and sanitation sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Health (Print Edition)
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)385-391
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2010


    • DTU Climate Centre
    • Systems analysis


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