Reducing climate-sensitive disease risks (The World Bank)

The World Bank recently released a new report: Reducing Climate-Sensitive Disease Risks (April 2014).

This study focuses on livestock diseases that are ‘sensitive’ to climate change with a view toward helping practitioners reduce the risks of key climate-sensitive infectious diseases by strengthening risk management systems for disease outbreaks.  

The research highlights the need for better understanding the evolving interactions between the environment and emerging and re-emerging disease pathogens.  It also points to the inseparable interactions between animal health and human health, which climate change appears to be reinforcing and even diversifying.  In this context, the burgeoning concept and approach of ‘one health’ - defined as "the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally, and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment” - becomes increasingly relevant.

This report, a product of the World Bank Agriculture Department, was written with colleagues in the Climate, Environment, and Health sectors – representative of the collaborative necessity of “One Health” work and a valued approach increasingly used here at the World Bank.  

A copy of the report can be downloaded here: