SC 4.1 Limits to human health system adaptation

 Thursday 12 May, 13.45 – 15.30, Leeuwen Room I

Adaptation can reduce the burdens of climate-sensitive health outcomes over the short term. Sustainable development pathways could reduce but not eliminate projected health burdens. The session will explore the extent to which additional capacity, knowledge, and tools are needed by ministries of health and national to local health organisations to manage current and to keep pace with projected risks. Five presentations will explore lessons learned from research and from vulnerability and adaptation assessments in low-, middle-, and high-income countries and their implications for evidence-based public health adaptation policies and programmes. An open discussion will follow.

Organised by Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, USA
Partner Columbia University, USA
Chair Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, USA
Rapporteur Perry Sheffield, Columbia University, USA

Limits to health adaptation in a changing climate
Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, USA

Imagining the unmanageable: limits to health system adaptation in high-income countries
Hilary Bambrick, Western Sydney University, Australia

The importance of evidence-based public health research to address the risks to health from climate change
Kathryn Bowen, Australia National University, Australia

Child-focused health system adaptation to climate change
Perry Sheffield, Columbia University, USA

Is adaptation to a warming world effective? Difficulty in implementing heat-health warning system even in developed countries
Yasushi Honda, University of Tsukuba, Japan