Adaptation Community Meeting: Climate Change and Health in Mozambique - Impacts and Responses
Remarkable progress is being made across Sub-Saharan Africa on public health. Child mortality, rates of stunting, and incidence of diseases such as malaria and meningitis are dropping. But these gains may be lost as changes in climate and weather promote disease outbreaks and greater food insecurity. Owing to its location, demographics, and geography, Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes on health resulting from changes in climate. Malaria is already widespread and poor water supply and sanitation infrastructure lead to frequent contamination of water resources during floods.
Over the past few years, the USAID-funded Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project has been examining the relationship between temperature and rainfall trends and diarrheal disease and malaria rates in Mozambique.
At the September Adaptation Community Meeting, Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist Fernanda Zermoglio provided the latest research and findings from this work, as well as what is being done to strengthen Mozambique’s health system preparedness and response.
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Fernanda Zermoglio has been on the forefront of climate change adaptation science, assessment methodology, programming and policy for the past 15+ years. A geographer with a detailed knowledge of climate modeling and various adaptation methodologies, she has synthesized applied research, pragmatic tools and knowledge-sharing platforms to inform the design, implementation and integration of climate adaptation assessments across a number of countries, in support of various donors and local governments. Since 2014 she has been the Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist on the DC-based ATLAS project.
Learn more about climate risks to health in Africa:
- New Report Synthesizes Evidence on Climate Risks to Health in Africa
- As Cholera Strikes, Climate and Health Integration Take on Urgency in Mozambique
- Can Ocean Temperature Changes Forecast Malaria Transmission in Southern Africa?
This event was organized by the USAID Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessments (ATLAS) project. All Adaptation Community Meeting webinars can be found here.