Background

Climate change amplifies disasters across the globe, and this will result in a significant public health burden. Effective adaptation strategy and measures are critical to mitigating health risks and maintaining the efforts for continuous improvement. Globally, noteworthy health adaptation programs are growing, but the scientific literature on this topic lacks synthesis poses challenges for country leadership to implement and spur adequate adaptation activities. Countries such as China, Indonesia and Vietnam are rapidly developing and extremely susceptible to climate change.

Around the world, billions of people are directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the most affected are the people suffering its direct health impacts, but also those especially vulnerable to the compound impacts of the effects of COVID-19. These compound impacts are particularly severe for people hit by extreme weather events, which always hit the most vulnerable groups hardest, and are now significantly exacerbated by the impacts of the pandemic.

This session is part of the World Class Professor (WCP) Program to follow up the research project on the Impacts of Climate-related Disasters and Health Adaptation on Vulnerable Population in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. This project lead by the Centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH), Griffith University, Australia, in collaboration with Universitas Syiah Kuala (Indonesia), Guangdong CDC Institute of Public Health (China), and Hanoi School of Public Health, Danang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy (Vietnam). This multi-national project was funded by WHO.

Aims

This session aims to:

  • To present a summary of the state of evidence related to the climate-related disasters and health adaptation in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
  • To present a preliminary summary of the health adaptation policy towards the climate-related disasters and COVID-19 in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
  • To facilitate knowledge exchange of insights for establishing a common consensus to implement health adaptation plans for the vulnerable population in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

 

Expected outputs:
  • Achievements, lessons learned, and challenges from strategies and policies for health adaptation in facing climate-related disasters and COVID-19 in China, Vietnam and Indonesia are identified.
  • Strategies and recommendations to support mobilizing and accelerating health adaptation actions towards climate-related disasters and COVID-19 in China, Vietnam and Indonesia are identified.

 

For more details on the project, please visit: https://extranet.who.int/kobe_centre/en/project-details/h-edrm_area3

Session chair/ Moderator

Febi Dwi Rahmadi, Ph.D

(Centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH), Griffith University, Australia)

Opening Speech

Prof. Cordia Chu

(CEPH, Griffith University, Australia)

Speakers

DR. Ryoma Kayano*

(Centre for Health Development, World Health Organization (WHO) Kobe, Japan)

Connie Cai Ru Gan, D (cand)

(CEPH, Griffith University, Australia)

Dr. Rina Suryani Oktari

(Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Syiah Kuala/ TDMRC)

Dr Tao Liu*

(Guangdong Institute of Public Health and Tsinghua University Institute of Hospital Management)

Huong Xuan Nguyen, Ph.D

(Faculty of Public Health, Danang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy, Danang, Vietnam)

*To be confirmed

Schedule

16.00 – 16.05 Opening Speech by Prof. Cordia Chu
16.05 – 16.20 Presentation I “The WHO Health-EDRM and Compound Climate Risks in the COVID-19 pandemic” (Dr. Ryoma Kayano)
16.20 – 16.35 Presentation II “A scoping review of climate-related disasters in China, Indonesia and Vietnam: Disasters, health impacts, vulnerable populations and adaptation measures” (Connie Cai Ru Gan, Ph.D (cand))
16.35 – 16.45 Q&A
16.45 – 16.55 Presentation III Health Adaptation Policies and Strategies Towards Climate-related Disasters and COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia” (Dr. Rina Suryani Oktari)
16.55 – 17.05 Presentation IV Health Adaptation Policies and Strategies Towards Climate-related Disasters and COVID-19 Pandemic in China” (Dr Tao Liu)
17.05 – 17.15 Presentation V Health Adaptation Policies and Strategies Towards Climate-related Disasters and COVID-19 Pandemic in Vietnam (Huong Xuan Nguyen, Ph.D)
17.15 – 17.25 Q&A
17.25 – 17.30 Wrap up & Closing

If you are interested to join please register here