Climate change poses profound threats to human health. Not only does climate change negatively affect physical and mental health along the entire life course, it also impacts access to quality health care by disrupting essential services. Mitigating climate change by reducing emissions is one way countries can improve health outcomes for their citizens. USAID’s approach, guided by USAID's Climate Strategy, includes increasing the resilience of the health sector by focusing on identifying shifts in climate-sensitive, vector-borne diseases through surveillance and early warning; strengthening health system capacity to prepare and respond to climate events; and supporting the development and implementation of climate-smart health policies such as heat-health action plans, air quality management, and operational sustainability.

Between Two Baobab Trees Podcast Series
Climate Change Impacts on Human Health and the Health Sector
Climate-Resilient Development Framework
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Between Two Baobab Trees


Climate Change Impacts on Human Health and the Health Sector

Through Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria, USAID is improving individual, family, and community nutrition and changing health norms.
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The world faces a profound climate crisis that requires collective action and integrated solutions. Here are three ways that USAID’s investments in integrated family planning approaches are addressing the climate crisis.
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