From malnutrition to eco-anxiety, climate change affects health and “professionals are not prepared” to respond

Cardiovascular, respiratory and allergic diseases, zoonoses, cholera, malnutrition and mental illnesses — health is also affected by the impact of climate change. Indeed, according to the World Health Organization, one in four deaths around the world is related to environmental factors.

Thinking about how health is affected by climate change, the National School of Public Health (ENSP) of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa launched the first course in Portugal on Climate Change and Public Health. “The course focused on the need to inform how climate change alters environmental conditions, how these changes can have effects on the health of the population and what kind of effects”, explains the course coordinator, Susana Viegas.

All these impacts caused by climate change will increasingly imply an adequate response from health services and “professionals need to adapt” — and one of the objectives of the short course is exactly that. “At the moment, health services and professionals are not prepared to identify and treat [as “doenças do clima”] according to the needs of Portugal”, says the professor from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at ENSP.

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