Joint Session 7 Using Climate Information Services to Support the Global Health Community

Wednesday, 25 January 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Conference Center: Tahoma 5 (Washington State Convention Center )
Hosts: (Joint between the Eighth Conference on Environment and Health; and the Seventh Conference on Transition of Research to Operations )
Joy Shumake-Guillemot, WMO, WMO/WHO Climate and Health Office, Geneva and Madeleine Thomson, IRI, Palisades, NY

The purpose of the session is to emphasize the importance of using climate information and services to understand and manage climate sensitive health risks, support health delivery, and improve outcomes. Research is invited that highlights how, by working with regional and national partners, data, technology, and training may be utilized to strengthen health policy and practice in the context of a changing climate in Asia, Africa or South America-Caribbean. • (1) Data: How can data best be used from historical climate observations, environmental monitoring, and forecast/prediction to improve the management of climate sensitive outcomes? • (2) Technology: What freely-available technologies are capable of managing vast data sets and transforming them into locally-relevant products that can be disseminated within health sector tools? • (3) Training: What opportunities are there for targeted training, education and long-term investments in user and stakeholder engagement in order to leverage these newly available resources?

9:00 AM
Triggering Health Relative Preparedness Action Based on Meteorological and Climatic Forecasts
Andrew Kruczkiewicz, IRI/Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Palisades, NY; and E. Coughlan de Perez, C. Jaime, and P. Suarez
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