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Thematic Working Groups (TWGs)

Climate Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems

The Climate Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems Thematic Working Group (TWG) brings together experts in health systems, preparedness, climate change mitigation/adaptation, and affected communities. We aim to promote policy-relevant, action-oriented research and practice, and support the development and implementation of evidence-based strategies that strengthen climate resilience within health systems.

The challenges posed by climate-change “do not represent a scenario of some distant future. They are already a reality for millions, and they are not going away” (UN Political Affairs Chief DiCarlo). Health systems are vulnerable to climate hazards and chronic change, limiting their ability to promote and protect the health of the populations they serve. Health systems must be strengthened, to better anticipate, prevent, detect, respond, and sustainably recover. Furthermore, the health sector itself accounts for around 4.6% of global emissions. We have an unparalleled opportunity to demonstrate leadership on the Paris Agreement’s emissions reductions to limit warming to 1.5°C.

 

  • Establish and strengthen a dynamic community of diverse stakeholders (funders, public health researchers/educators/practitioners, decision-makers, NGOs, etc.) with an interest in generating, sharing, and applying knowledge to understand the vulnerability of and support climate resilience and sustainability within national and local healthcare systems
  • Develop and drive a global research and capacity-strengthening agenda around health-systems strengthening and climate-change impacts
  • Provide structured opportunities for HSG members and external participants for knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer support, for conducting climate vulnerability and adaptation assessments at population level and/or healthcare facility levels
  • Promote evidence-informed practice through case studies, to scale up climate adaptation action within health systems
  • Engage relevant health policy, research, and healthcare professionals to advocate health-sector leadership for climate action within health systems at global, national, and local levels.

Activities of the TWG will be structured around six components (2021-25):

  • National and local vulnerability/adaptation assessment
  • Integrated risk monitoring – sustainable health infrastructure
  • Health workforce leadership
  • Climate-informed health programs
  • Emergency preparedness (early warning for extreme weather)

These activities will be delivered through seminars, webinars, high-level panel discussions, and policy round tables. In support of capability strengthening and knowledge mobilization, we aim to collate a repository of climate-adaptation case studies within health systems globally.

Renzo R. Guinto, MD DrPH

Renzo R. Guinto, MD DrPH

Chair

Rudolf Abugnaba-Abanga

Rudolf Abugnaba-Abanga

Vice-Chair,
Africa

Naomi Beyeler, Ph.D., MPH, MCP

Naomi Beyeler, PhD, MPH, MCP

Vice-Chair,
North America

Shibaji Bose

Shibaji Bose

Vice-Chair,
Asia

Upasona Ghosh, Ph.D.

Upasona Ghosh, PhD

Vice-chair,
Asia

Sari Kovats, Ph.D.

Sari Kovats, Ph.D.

Vice-chair,
Europe

Susannah Mayhew, Ph.D.

Susannah Mayhew, Ph.D.

Vice-chair,
Europe

Denise Thomson, MA MBA Ph.D.(c)

Denise Thomson, MA MBA Ph.D.(c)

Vice-chair,
North America

Carol Zavaleta, MD, Ph.D.

Carol Zavaleta, MD, Ph.D.

Vice-chair,
Latin America

Karen Ceballos, MD, MBA

Karen Ceballos, MD, MBA

Coordinator

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