Editor’s Pick: Global health tools and resources on Climatelinks

Exploring climate and health resilience on World Environment Day
By Isabela Barriga
This year’s World Environment Day theme focuses on a global challenge with pressing implications on human health and the environment: air pollution. To further understand the relationship between human health and environmental health, the Climatelinks’ June theme explores how climate impacts health from air pollution to rising global temperatures and more frequent and extreme weather. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is projected to cause approximately 250,000 deaths annually worldwide due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress by 2030 to 2050.


USAID promotes climate risk management and preparedness for national and local health through adaptive strategies and climate integration. The Agency’s work supports communities, governments, and institutions such as health systems to become more resilient to changes in climate.


USAID’s Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project builds evidence-based practices to understand the relationship between climate events and disease incidence. ATLAS uses observational data sets from countries such as Mozambique and Malawi to understand climate vulnerability and health risks. ATLAS is also working to establish climate-informed early warning systems to improve country’s preparedness to respond to emerging health risks.


A key to USAID’s success in developing foundational research and tools includes collaboration with stakeholders, local governments, and regional partners to effectively integrate climate and weather information into health sector programming. For example, Health National Adaptation Plans are helping predict future health risks based on climate projections.


Explore some top resources on human health and climate below:


Evidence and Tools


Scroll through more of Climatelinks’ health-related blogs or search the list of health-related resources. Visit the ATLAS project page to learn about their climate-related assessments and contribution to the global adaptation and development community of practice. Stay tuned for a number of dynamic blogs coming across a variety of health topics!

Within USAID, the Bureau for Global Health, the Office of Infectious Disease, the Office of Maternal and Child Health, and the Africa Bureau develop, implement, and promote interventions to prevent illness and death associated with environmental factors.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration
Adaptation, Climate Risk Management, Climate Science, Health, Resilience, Weather

Isabela Barriga

Isabela es gerente de redes sociales y coordinadora de contenido para Climatelinks a través del proyecto SEEK de USAID. Ella ayuda con la gestión de la información, la investigación y la redacción de blogs. Anteriormente, Isabela brindó apoyo de comunicación y gestión de contenido a organizaciones intergubernamentales, asociaciones público-privadas y misiones diplomáticas, incluidas las Naciones Unidas, GAVI (actualmente, la Alianza de Vacunas) y la Embajada de Ecuador. Isabela tiene un B.S. en Salud Pública y estudios completos en Desarrollo Internacional y Gestión de Conflictos (Universidad de Maryland, College Park).

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