In December 2018, ISAGS held its monthly event, Dialogues from the South, on Climate Change and its potential impact on health.

29/01/2019

On December 6, a new edition of the Dialogues from the South series was held at the ISAGS headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. The topic addressed was “Climate change and its potential impact on health”.

This edition took into account the fact that it is estimated that the global warming observed in the last 130 years is approximately 0.85°C. Changes in temperature, precipitation regimes, extreme weather events (heat waves or periods of more intense cold), floods, droughts and fires, among others, are phenomena that can have direct and indirect effects on human health. On this basis, it is important to consider how these changes can impact on health, as well as how to prepare public services and access to health through inclusive health systems that are resilient to the impact of climate.

For this debate, we had the participation of Christovam Barcellos, Coordinator of the Climate and Health Observatory of Fiocruz, researcher of the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (ICICT/Fiocruz) and professor of Postgraduate Programs in Collective Health (ENSP/Fiocruz). Eduardo Hage also participated in this event. He is a specialist in Health Surveillance at ISAGS, member of the WHO Ad Hoc Council for the International Health Regulations and former head of the Department of Surveillance of Communicable Diseases of the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The third participant was Vanessa Veintimilla, environmental engineer and student of master’s degree in socio-environmental studies of the Department of Development, Environment and Territory of FLACSO-Ecuador. Veintimilla is also a research intern in the area of Health Surveillance of ISAGS.

Some of the topics highlighted during the debate were the challenges to adapt health systems aiming them to deal with the challenges of climate change. Barcellos explained that this adaptation must specifically consider the diseases that could spread in a warmer context caused by climate change.

Vanessa Veintimilla contributed to the debate by emphasizing the need to consider, especially in the South American context, the indigenous peoples and how they are affected by climate change. Only the consideration of the diversity of our region and the development of analyzes and policies based on interculturality will be able to effectively face the challenges of climate change. Eduardo Hage, based on his analysis of the main publications related to health policies and climate change, agreed with the statement of Veintimilla and affirmed that the scientific production on climate change and its impact on the health of the region of South America is essential for an efficient analysis of how this problem will affect the health of the South American people.

The global presence of ISAGS.

From December 10 to 15, the Executive Director of ISAGS, Carina Vance, participated in the Salzburg Global Seminar on healthy children, healthy weight. The event was organized on the basis of the principle that optimizing the health and physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being of children is an objective in itself that also lays the foundation for the long-term health of individuals, communities and societies.

During the four-days seminar, more than 50 participants from 15 countries shared experiences, knowledge and learning. At the end of the event, they were able to prepare recommendations and establish working groups to contribute with articles on the subject to the British Medical Journal – BMJ, which had a representative at the event. The need to integrate early childhood programs in the ongoing support of children’s health and well-being in the context of intergenerational health, taking into account especially maternal and family stress, was taken into consideration. This needs support at the macro level, especially considering the social demands that stimulate political and socioeconomic action. Carina Vance contributed to this work, emphasizing the importance of social participation in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies for healthy children.

International Associated Researcher Program

Four new experts will participate in the Program of Associated Researchers of ISAGS in the months of December, January and February. They are involved in the studies of the area of Medicines and Health Technologies:

Joan Rovira: is a doctor in economics and specializes in health economics and medicine. Associate professor of the Andalusian School of Public Health. Main Editor of the magazine “Cost-effectiveness and Resource Allocation”. Former professor of economics, University of Barcelona (1975-2017). Senior Ex-Economist of Health, World Bank, Washington (2001-2004).

Egdda Vanegas: is a pharmaceutical chemist and candidate for a PhD in Industrial Engineering, with 20 years of experience in the health sector, especially in the operation of the Health System, coverage, pharmaceutical service practice standards and evaluation of health technologies – ETS. She has experience of more than seven years in consultancy and research in the sector, especially on public issues, about supply management and support to the ETS for medicines and other health technologies.

Brian Godman: holds a PhD from the Open University (United Kingdom – UK), has a diploma in economics and business studies from Sheffield University (UK) and a pharmacology B.Sc. from King’s College (UK). Dr. Godman has experience as a professor at various universities in the United Kingdom, Sweden and South Africa. He has worked with adaptation practices, new methods of financing medicines and shortage of medicines. Since 2008, Dr. Godman has worked with WHO, the EU, ministries and in different regional and national health agencies.

Tomasz Bochenek (MD, MPH and PhD) born in Poland, Dr. Bochenek is deputy director of the Institute of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and assistant professor in the Department of Drug Administration. He also worked as an expert for the Ministry of Health of that country and in the Agency for the Evaluation of Health Technology and the Tariff System, among many other institutions in Poland and abroad.

By: Aline Abreu, coordinadora de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación (alineabreu@isags-unasur.org)

Desing: Raquel Cerqueira, Assistente (raquelcerqueira@isags-unasur.org)

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