Building Resilience of Health Systems in Asian Least Developed Countries to Climate Change

Introduction

Climate change brings with it serious risks to public health, particularly in Asia.  While heat waves are expected to increase morbidity and mortality in vulnerable groups, altered rain patterns and water flows will impact crop production and thus increase malnutrition.  At the same time, changes in air and water temperatures, as well as increased incidence of extreme events, will affect transmission of infections diseases.  Those in low-lying coastal zones and flood plains are particularly at risk. 

The problems are exacerbated in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), where adaptive capacity and economic vulnerability limit adequate preparation for the impacts of climate change on health. 

The Building Resilience of Health Systems in Asian Least Developed Countries to Climate Change project will support Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor-Leste by:

  • strengthening institutional capacity to integrate climate risks and adaptation into health sector planning
  • improving surveillance and/or early warning systems for effective decision-making
  • enhancing health sector service delivery
  • supporting regional cooperation and knowledge sharing to promote up-scaling and replication of best practices
  • and integrating health into the National Adaptation Plan process

This project will be implemented in partnership with the World Health Organization and is funded by the Least Developed Countries Fund.

Project Details

The long term solution for the governments of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor-Leste is to have enhanced national health systems and institutions, which are able to respond effectively to climate change impacts on health. 

While the impacts of climate change on health vary across countries, what is required to build the resilience of their respective health systems are similar.  Each of the governments requested support to:

  • strengthen institutional capacity to integrate climate risks and adaptation into health sector planning
  • improve surveillance and/or early warning systems for effective decision-making
  • enhance health sector service delivery
  • support regional cooperation and knowledge sharing to promote up-scaling and replication of best practices
  • and to integrate health into the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process

These complementary areas frame the Building Resilience of Health Systems in Asian Least Developed Countries to Climate Change project.  The project is currently at the concept stage, with stakeholder consultations and assessments ongoing.  These will inform further development of the project toward detailed activities with measurable indicators to track results.  Project development activities are expected to be completed by end-2016, followed by implementation starting in 2017.

The two-year project has an estimate budget of $9 million.

 

 

 

 

 

Thematic Area: 
Climate-Related Hazards Addressed: 
Level of Intervention: 
Implementing Agencies & Partnering Organizations: 
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Project Status: 
Under Implementation
Location: 
Unspecified
Funding Source: 

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Contacts

UNDP
Ms. Mariana Simoes
Regional Technical Advisor, Climate Adaptation