World Health Day 2014 is focusing on vector-borne diseases which account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases. Malaria alone kills an estimated one million people every year. It has been recognised that climate change could significantly affect the ranges and numbers of disease vectors, such as mosquitoes, water quality, air quality, and food availability and quality.
In particular, ICN is concerned that the more than three billion people, who presently live in poverty across the world, will be seriously affected by climatic changes, as they are more dependent on natural resources, more vulnerable to infectious diseases and more prone to suffer the impact of disasters such as flood, drought, fires, and storms.
ICN Publications on Health and the Environment:
- Climate and Health Press Release
- Durban Declaration on Climate and Health
- Durban Global Climate and Health Call to Action
ICN position statements on: