Climate Change and Health in Mozambique – Impacts and Responses


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Remarkable progress is being made across Sub-Saharan Africa on public health. Child mortality, rates of stunting, and incidence of diseases such as malaria and meningitis are dropping. But these gains may be lost as changes in climate and weather promote disease outbreaks and greater food insecurity. Owing to its location, demographics, and geography, Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes on health resulting from changes in climate. Malaria is already widespread and poor water supply and sanitation infrastructure lead to frequent contamination of water resources during floods.

Over the past few years, the USAID-funded Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project has been examining the relationship between temperature and rainfall trends and diarrheal disease and malaria rates in Mozambique. At this event, Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist Fernanda Zermoglio will provide the latest research and findings from this work, as well as what is being done to strengthen Mozambique’s health system preparedness and response.

Speaker Bio:

Fernanda Zermoglio has been on the forefront of climate change adaptation science, assessment methodology, programming and policy for the past 15+ years. A geographer with a detailed knowledge of climate modeling and various adaptation methodologies, she has synthesized applied research, pragmatic tools and knowledge-sharing platforms to inform the design, implementation and integration of climate adaptation assessments across a number of countries, in support of various donors and local governments. Since 2014 she has been the Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Specialist on the DC-based ATLAS project.

This event is part of the monthly USAID Adaptation Community Meetings. For more information and to stay up-to-date on similar events, please visit the event description on Climatelinks and sign up to receive event updates. A live webinar of the event will be available; details for accessing the webinar will be posted on Climatelinks closer to the event.

Location

Chemonics International
1717 H St NW
Washington DC 20006-3900

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