Effective prevention in a city requires a portfolio of actions at different levels: from health system preparedness coordinated with meteorological early warning systems to timely public and medical advice and improvements to housing and urban planning. These actions can be integrated in a defined Heat Health Action Plan. There are several principles that should be used in planning for and responding to heatwaves.
This Masterclass is an introduction to heat health action planning, based on principles and guidance developed by the World Health Organization and from case studies of actual plans.
Kris Ebi is Professor in the Departments of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. She is a member of the International Steering Committee of GHHIN.
She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over 20 years. Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security and vector-borne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID and others. She also is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee On New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios, facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.
Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Sari Kovats is an Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. She teachings on climate change, health and sustainable development. She is a member of the International Steering Committee of GHHIN, and co-leads research on health protection responses for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health at LSHTM.