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Global climate change and child health
Detail: A recent review of global climate change on child health was conducted to improve the knowledge base on how children’s health is specifically impacted by climate change. Studies were identified by searching the PubMed database for
articles published before April 2009. Publications by agencies such as UNICEF, WHO, IPPC were also included for review.

A list of references was developed that provide evidence to the linkages between climate change and health outcomes, and on specific health outcomes for children. The analysis explores the hypothesis of disproportionate vulnerability of children’s health to environment tal factors, specifically those most closely related to climate change.

Scientific and policy research has gathered substantial evidence to show that children are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The diseases that are often linked to climate change including vector-borne diseases, water-borne diseases and air-borne diseases are already the primary causes of child morbidity and mortality. For this reason further research, assessment and monitoring of child health in respect to climate change is critical.

Author(s): Akachi, Yoko ; Goodman, Donna ; Parker, David

Date of Publication: 2009
Pages: 22
Series: Innocenti Discussion Papers, 2009-03
Thematic area: Child Protection
Date: July 27 2009