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Climate emergency: healthcare systems aren’t prepared for risks to health, warns WHO

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6876 (Published 05 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6876
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. Madrid

Most countries’ healthcare systems are not sufficiently prepared for the increasing effects of climate change on human health, says a new report of the World Health Organisation.1

The report, released on 3 December during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) being hosted in Madrid to assess nations’ progress in dealing with climate change, drew on data from 101 countries surveyed by WHO.

Half (51) of the 101 countries surveyed have a national health and climate change strategy or plan. However, their content and scope vary widely, and most countries reported only moderate or low …

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