Future Proofing : Building Climate-Resilient Health Systems

The session on future-proofing focused on building climate-resilient health systems.

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This high-level event brought together Ministers of Health, Investors (multilateral and private), Global Health Institutions, and Innovators to explore how countries can evolve policies and strategies for climate-resilient health systems. The Climate & Health Global Technical Assistance Platform and Knowledge Community were also launched during this session.

Key Themes and Discussions

Importance of the Event: Recognized the nexus between climate change and health. Highlighted the urgency and scale of the climate crisis as a health crisis. 

Urgent Need for Action: Climate change is causing extreme weather and rising temperatures, with direct impacts on health (e.g., 52 degrees Celsius in New Delhi). Health systems need to shift to low-carbon models and be resilient to extreme weather. 

Strategic Initiatives: Launch of the Climate and Health Initiative by the Asian Development Bank, supported by the G20 presidencies of India and Brazil. Focus on creating resilient health systems through innovation and strategic financing.

Collaborative Efforts: Emphasis on partnerships and global commitment to transform health systems. Importance of knowledge generation, innovation, and sustainable development.

Innovative Platforms: Introduction of the Health Innovation Exchange platform to connect people, knowledge, and information. Aim to advance efforts in research, development, manufacturing, infrastructure, workforce development, and data-driven decision-making.

Key Takeaways

The session emphasized the critical need for immediate and sustained global efforts to transform health systems in response to the climate crisis. By leveraging innovation, strategic partnerships, and a commitment to sustainable development, countries can build resilient health systems capable of withstanding the impacts of climate change.

You may view a video recap of the session below.

This high-level event brought together Ministers of Health, Investors (multilateral and private), Global Health Institutions, and Innovators to explore how countries can evolve policies and strategies for climate-resilient health systems. The Climate & Health Global Technical Assistance Platform and Knowledge Community were also launched during this session.

Key Themes and Discussions

Importance of the Event: Recognized the nexus between climate change and health. Highlighted the urgency and scale of the climate crisis as a health crisis. 

Urgent Need for Action:Climate change is causing extreme weather and rising temperatures, with direct impacts on health (e.g., 52 degrees Celsius in New Delhi). Health systems need to shift to low-carbon models and be resilient to extreme weather. 

Strategic Initiatives: Launch of the Climate and Health Initiative by the Asian Development Bank, supported by the G20 presidencies of India and Brazil. Focus on creating resilient health systems through innovation and strategic financing.

Collaborative Efforts: Emphasis on partnerships and global commitment to transform health systems. Importance of knowledge generation, innovation, and sustainable development.

Innovative Platforms: Introduction of the Health Innovation Exchange platform to connect people, knowledge, and information. Aim to advance efforts in research, development, manufacturing, infrastructure, workforce development, and data-driven decision-making.

Key Takeaways

The session emphasized the critical need for immediate and sustained global efforts to transform health systems in response to the climate crisis. By leveraging innovation, strategic partnerships, and a commitment to sustainable development, countries can build resilient health systems capable of withstanding the impacts of climate change.

You may view a video recap of the session below.