Conference/ Case Studies Papers linked to Health Adaptation to Climate Change & Disasters

ORG- National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
Closing Date- 30th October, 2019

Environmental changes particularly the climate change coupled with land-use changes, natural resource degradation and anthropogenic factors, is known to aggravate disasters and their impact, particularly the hydro-meteorological ones. Increased frequency of heat waves, floods, droughts, sea-level rise, snow melting, etc. are some of the effects of climate change. The aftermath of such disasters and extreme events is resulting in major health related issues especially during early relief and response phase. Besides this, climate change has also aggravated the existing risk and extent of disaster epidemics and outbreaks of varying range.

Centre for Excellence on Climate Resilience (CECR) and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other collaborating partners including Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, National Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, and international agencies like IUCN-CEM, UNICEF, UNEP, GGGI, GIZ, etc. are working towards addressing the growing risk through timely planning and knowledge initiatives. National Health Adaptation Plan (w.r.t. disaster related illnesses) is being developed as a part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), under its National CC Mission on Health. Springer Nature (Publishing) has recently joined hands and has launched a Global Book Series on Disaster Resilience and Green Growth (DRGG) under which ‘Resilient Health’ is a specialized theme.

In order to address the knowledge gap on policies, planning, actions and research issues, and to support the capacity building interventions, a ‘Compendium of Case Studies, Good Lessons, Thematic and Research/Policy Papers’, on topics related with one or more of the following sub-themes is being developed. Eligible authors may belong to any organization including independent researchers/professionals from across the globe, with topic to climate change related disasters, extreme events and associate aspects (list is indicative and not exhaustive).
1-Health effects during and in aftermath of climate related disasters; Health sector preparedness during pre-disaster phase
2-Health Emergencies (Epidemics / Outbreaks), Water-Borne / Vector-Borne Diseases w.r.t. climate change & Disasters
3-Safety and resilience of health infrastructure, Health resources, health infrastructure and health services during disasters (especially during water and climate related disasters)
4-Hospital disaster management plan including risk mitigation, preparedness and response
5-Occupational health issues in context of hazardous operations/environment, materials
6-Health issues of emergency managers (rescue and relief professionals / workers)
7-Industrial safety and health, with reference to accidents and disasters including in wake of climatic factors, e.g. heat, cold, flooding, winds, etc.
8-Water resources, water supplies, water quality and water bodies management including crisis management, in the light of climate change and disasters
9-Water – Sanitation, hygiene and health – WASH challenges and disaster risks, and WASH during disasters and relief
10-Sustainable recovery (Post-disaster) of health resources and systems including WASH, waste and effluent management systems, etc.
11-Air pollution and weather related episodes and implications for health and public safety including Air pollution emergencies
12-Water Contamination w.r.t. Disasters & Public Health
13-Health Resilience and Adaptation Planning at different levels, including inter-sectoral issues and participatory aspects
14-Science & Technology, Innovations, Research and Capacity Building Issues in Health Sector and Health Systems to address the issues of climate change and related disasters
15-Policy issues, programmes, law and regulations, and mainstreaming into development
16-Waste management including disaster waste management, hazardous waste management and disaster prevention / mitigation including references of climatic and water aspects
17-Health of animals – wild and domestic, livestock, and relationship with public health, safety and disaster risk management and linkages with climate change impacts
18-Safety, Resilience and Sustainability of Health related businesses, businesses systems and entrepreneurship, including industries, allied sectors, supply-chain, etc.
19-Training and teaching and integration of climate change and health issues along with disaster risk management into the curriculum at Universities colleges and institutes

How to apply
Authors willing to contribute Case Study through a paper may write to the Editorial Coordinator (HERCAP) with subject line “HERCAP Compendium Proposal_*Author’s Name*” to share abstracts of 200 words with at-least 3-4 keywords and a suggestive title on, by 30thOctober 2019. The confirmed authors would be expected to submit their papers/case study by 15thNovember 2019, as the volume would be finalized after review by 15thDecember 2019 by CECR-NIDM and WHO.

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